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 adoptability (audio) \ noun
adoptable \ ə-​ˈdäp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adoptable (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

How to adopt: Gaara is available for adoption at 10807 N. 96th Ave. in Peoria. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "A dog that grunts like a piggy and more up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 13 Sep. 2019 Council members are expected to adopt a plan to distribute the money equitably by Feb. 1. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s new $2.9 billion budget to fund affordable housing, domestic violence prevention," 12 Sep. 2019 Based on the scientists’ assessment, Newsweek’s Osborne adds, male and female crabs are equally likely to adopt the communication method during aggressive encounters. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ghost Crabs Use Teeth in Their Stomachs to Ward Off Predators," 12 Sep. 2019 Being undersized saps productivity as firms lack the capacity to adopt new technologies. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 In coastal Alabama, the group has an advertisement on FM Talk 106.5 in which Campomenosi urges listeners to contact members of the Mobile City Council and urge them to adopt a resolution in opposition of the toll plan. al, "Toll opponents fear ‘Lazarus’ moment as efforts continue to keep I-10 project ‘dead’," 11 Sep. 2019 The state has long pushed automakers to adopt more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles that emit less pollution. NBC News, "Trump administration set to end California's ability to regulate auto emissions," 17 Sep. 2019 The waiver has since given the state significant leverage in negotiations regarding national automotive pollution controls, a position enhanced by the decision of a number of states to adopt whatever standards California sets. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Trump to eliminate California’s car emission standards waiver," 17 Sep. 2019 Instead, doctors urge patients to adopt healthy lifestyle habits like not smoking and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol through exercise and diet. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Medical guidelines say daily aspirin is too risky for most healthy people. A new study says some can benefit," 16 Sep. 2019

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

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