Definitions of adopt

  1. 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
  2. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. take up and practice as one's own Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. To choose; take for one's own; take as one's child. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. To accept as one's own. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To accept, appropriate, choose, or select; to make that one's own (property or act) which was not so originally. To adopt a route for the transportation of the mail means to take the steps necessary to cause the mail to be transported over that route. Rhodes v. U. S., Dev. Ct. CI. 47. To adopt a contract is to accept it as binding, notwithstanding some defect which entitles the party to repudiate it. Thus, when a person affirms a voidable contract, or ratifies a contract made by his agent beyond his authority, he is said to adopt it Sweet. To accept, consent to, and put into effective operation; as in the case of a constitution, constitutional amendment, ordinance, or by-law. Real v. Teople, 42 N. Y. 2S2; People v. Norton, 59 Barb. (N. Y.) 191. To take into one's family the child of another and give him or her the rights, privileges, and duties of a child and heir. State v. Thompson, 13 La. Ann. 515; Abney v. De Loach, 84 Ala. 393, 4 South. 757; In re Sessions' Estate, 70 Micli. 297, 38 N. W. 249, 14 Am. St. Rep. 500; Smith v. Allen, 32 App. Div. 374, 53 N. Y. Supp. 114. Adoption of children was a tiling unknown to the common law, but was a familiar practice under the Roman law and in those countries where the civil law prevails, as France and Spain. Modern statutes authorizing adoption are taken from the civil law, and to that extent modify the rules of the common law as to the succession of property. Butterfield v. Sawyer, 187 111. 59S, 58 N. E. 002, 52 L. R. A. 75, 79 Am. St. Rep. 240; Vidal v. Commagere, 13 La. ADS Ann. 516; Eckford v. Knox, 67 Tex. 200, 2 S. W. 372. thelawdictionary.org
  18. ad-opt', v.t. to choose: to take up or embrace: to take into any relationship: to take as one's own what is another's, as a child, &c.--ns. ADOP'TIANISM, an 8th-century heresy akin to Nestorianism, that Christ, in respect of his divine nature, was doubtless the Son of God; but that, as to his human nature, he was only declared and adopted to be the first-born Son of God; ADOP'TION, the act of adopting: the state of being adopted: assumption: the taking into one language of words from another: formal acceptance: choice: (theol.) an act of divine grace by which the redeemed in Christ are admitted to the privileges of the sons of God.--adjs. ADOP'TIOUS (Shak.), adopted; ADOPT'IVE, that adopts or is adopted. [L. adopt[=a]re--ad, to, and, opt[=a]re, to choose.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Take (person) into a relationship he did not previously occupy; take (idea, &c.) from some one else; choose. Hence adoptability, adoption, nn., adoptable a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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