Definition of Adopt in English :

Define Adopt in English

Adopt meaning in English

Meaning of Adopt in English

Pronunciation of Adopt in English

Adopt pronunciation in English

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1. adopt, espouse, follow

choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

Example Sentences:
'She followed the feminist movement'
'The candidate espouses Republican ideals'

2. adopt, borrow, take over, take up

take up and practice as one's own

3. adopt, assume, take on, take over

take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

Example Sentences:
'When will the new President assume office?'

4. acquire, adopt, assume, take, take on

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Example Sentences:
'His voice took on a sad tone'
'The story took a new turn'
'he adopted an air of superiority'
'She assumed strange manners'
'The gods assume human or animal form in these fables'

5. adopt, take in

take into one's family

Example Sentences:
'They adopted two children from Nicaragua'

6. adopt, dramatise, dramatize

put into dramatic form

Example Sentences:
'adopt a book for a screenplay'

7. adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up

take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

Example Sentences:
'She embraced Catholicism'
'They adopted the Jewish faith'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
1. law
to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
to take on; assume
to adopt a title
to accept (a report, etc)

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verb transitive
to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif., to take into one's own family by legal process and raise as one's own child
to take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one's own
to choose and follow (a course)
to vote to accept (a committee report, motion, etc.)
to select as a required textbook

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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tr.v. a·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts
1. To take on the legal responsibilities as parent of (a child that is not one's biological child).
2. To become the owner or caretaker of (a pet, especially one from a shelter).
a. To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent: adopt a new technique.
b. To take up and make one's own: adopt a new idea.
4. To move to or resettle in (a place).
5. To take on or assume: adopted an air of importance.
6. To vote to accept: adopt a resolution.
7. To choose as standard or required in a course: adopt a new line of English textbooks.

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