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adopt

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of adopt

  1. to take for one's own use (something originated by another) <shortly after moving to the U.S., the family dutifully adopted the American tradition of having turkey for Thanksgiving> Synonyms borrow, embrace, espouse, take on, take up Related Words domesticate, naturalize; appropriate, arrogate, take over, usurp; absorb, assimilate, incorporate, quote; cherish, prize, treasure; cultivate, follow, heed, honor; use, utilize; bring up, foster, nurture, raise, rear; affect, assume, copy, imitate, pretend, put on, simulate Phrases pick up on Near Antonyms abandon, forsake, give up, relinquish, surrender; abjure, abnegate, disown; reject, renounce, repudiate, spurn; discard, jettison, junk, throw away, throw out





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