Simple Definition of adopt
: to take a child of other parents legally as your own child
: to begin to use or have (a different manner, method, etc.)
: to begin to use (a name that is not your real or original name)
Full Definition of adopt
1 : to take by choice into a relationship; especially : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child
2 : to take up and practice or use <adopted a moderate tone>
3 : to accept formally and put into effect <adopt a constitutional amendment>
4 : to choose (a textbook) for required study in a course
5 : to sponsor the care and maintenance of <adopt a highway>
: to adopt a child <couples choosing to adopt>
Examples of adopt
They were unable to have children of their own, so they decided to adopt.
They decided to adopt a child.
He was adopted as an infant.
Did he adopt your point of view?
We adopted some of the local customs.
The author Samuel Clemens adopted the name “Mark Twain.”
He was born in England but he has adopted Canada as his home.
The assembly adopted a new constitution.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the Senate.
Origin of adopt
Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad- + optare to choose
First Known Use: 1500
Synonym Discussion of adopt
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