The word aptly describes an action that’s done appropriately or fittingly. An audience’s standing ovation might aptly capture its enthusiasm for a rock band’s energetic performance.

First used in the mid-14th century, the adverb aptly, by way of the adjective apt, “appropriate or suitable,” comes from the Latin word aptus, meaning “fit or suited.” A dog called Snoozy who lies around on the couch all day is aptly named, and a newspaper obituary that perfectly sums up your grandfather’s life aptly captures who he really was. In both examples, something is utterly suited or appropriate.

Definitions of aptly
  1. adverb

    with competence; in a competent capable manner

    ably, capably, competently
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    displaying incompetence, incompetently

    in an incompetent manner

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