Definitions of adopt

  1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To choose or take to be one's own, as a child or an idea. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To choose: to take as one's own what is another's, as a child, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To choose; take for one's own; take as one's child. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To accept as one's own. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. take up and practice as one's own Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To assume the legal relationship of parent to another person's child. See also adoption. To approve or accept something -- for example, a legislative body may adopt a law or an amendment, a government agency may adopt a regulation or a party to a lawsuit may adopt a particular argument.
  12. To receive and regard the child of another as one's own; to embrace, assume as one's own. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To take or receive as one's own what is not naturally so-as a person, a thing, an opinion; to choose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for adopt

  1. After eight years' experience, the Jesuits realized that it was impossible successfully to make an Indian boy adopt the manners and habits of the French, and the same result was afterwards found by others who tried the experiment. – The Makers of Canada: Champlain by N. E. Dionne
  2. " Yes," Benham was saying, " I think that, unless anything new turns up, that is the best line of defence we can adopt – From Whose Bourne by Robert Barr