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 The regional government late Friday called for high schools to adopt hybrid schedules, with students alternating in-person with online learning. David Rising, chicagotribune.com, "New coronavirus restrictions go into effect in Europe to slow resurgence of pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 The agents adopt the cases and bring them to federal prosecutors. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Federal prosecutors in Cleveland tout spike in gun cases, leading some to question Justice Department’s election-year motives," 17 Oct. 2020 The regional government late Friday called for high schools to adopt hybrid schedules, with students alternating in-person with online learning. David Rising, Anchorage Daily News, "New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days," 17 Oct. 2020 The regional government late Friday also called for high schools to adopt hybrid schedules, with students alternating in-person with online learning. David Rising, Star Tribune, "New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days," 17 Oct. 2020 The Covid era has forced companies to adopt new business models, both to accommodate their decentralized workforces and to meet new customer demands. Tom Loftus, WSJ, "Digitally Transformed: CIOs Take Stock of Covid-19 Era," 15 Oct. 2020 With the coronavirus pandemic giving people more time at home, many Milwaukee-area families are using that extra time to adopt, train and bond with new furry family members. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Never had that much demand': What the pandemic has been like for Milwaukee-area pet shelters and a shop," 14 Oct. 2020 Regardless of which approach to court-packing Democrats might adopt, judicial appointments, and the Supreme Court generally, would continue to be a site of existential political confrontation. Ryan D. Doerfler, The New Republic, "Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy," 13 Oct. 2020 Each January, parishioners and friends adopt spiritual babies whose lives may need safeguarding. NOLA.com, "A Walk to Remember and other spiritual events in October," 12 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adopt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adopt. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for adopt

adopt

verb
How to pronounce adopt (audio)

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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