adopt

verb
\ ə-ˈdäpt How to pronounce adopt (audio) \
adopted; adopting; adopts

Definition of adopt

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to adopt a child couples choosing to adopt

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Other Words from adopt

adoptability \ ə-​ˌdäp-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adopt (audio) \ noun
adoptable \ ə-​ˈdäp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adopt (audio) \ adjective
adopter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for adopt

adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature. forced to adopt new policies embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance. embraced the customs of their new homeland espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes. espoused the cause of women's rights

Examples of adopt in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Council members voted to adopt the budget 23-1, with Democrat Ethan Evans voicing the sole opposition. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Oct. 2021 The court on Tuesday also voted to adopt a $2.3 billion budget for Parkland Health & Hospital System — down from $2.4 billion last year — and a new tax rate for the Dallas County Hospital District. Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2021 One firefighter has sued San Francisco, which was the first major U.S. city to adopt a mandate for its workers. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Sep. 2021 Surging cases also persuaded McGregor Independent School District, on the other side of Waco, to adopt a mask mandate, said Superintendent James Lenamon. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 One firefighter has sued San Francisco, which was the first major U.S. city to adopt a vaccine mandate for its workers. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 One firefighter has sued San Francisco, which was the first major U.S. city to adopt a vaccine mandate for its workers. Stefanie Dazio, ajc, 6 Sep. 2021 One firefighter has sued San Francisco, which was the first major U.S. city to adopt a vaccine mandate for its workers. Stefanie Dazio, chicagotribune.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Led by board member Timothy Pfeiffer, in 2012, the Yamhill-Carlton school board unanimously voted to adopt the viticulture program. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of adopt

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for adopt

Middle English adopten, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adopter, borrowed from Latin adoptāre, from ad- ad- + optāre "to express a wish for, desire, choose, decide on" — more at option entry 1

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The first known use of adopt was in the 15th century

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“Adopt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adopt. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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adopt

verb

English Language Learners 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)

adopt

verb
\ ə-ˈdäpt How to pronounce adopt (audio) \
adopted; adopting

Kids Definition of adopt

1 : to legally take a child of other parents to raise
2 : to take up as someone's own After moving to Quebec, he adopted French as his language.
3 : to accept and put into action The state adopted a law requiring drivers to wear seat belts.

adopt

transitive verb
\ ə-ˈdäpt How to pronounce adopt (audio) \

Legal Definition of adopt

1 : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child especially in compliance with formal legal procedures — see also equitable adoption
2 : to take or accept as if one's own [the company] adopted the signature on the financing statementBarber-Greene Co. v. Nat'l City Bank of Minneapolis, 816 F.2d 1267 (1987)
3 : to accept formally and put into effect adopt a constitutional amendment

Other Words from adopt

adoptable \ ə-​ˈdäp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adopt (audio) \ adjective
adoptability \ ə-​ˌdäp-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ adverb
adoption \ ə-​ˈdäp-​shən How to pronounce adopt (audio) \ noun

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