adopt·​ed | \ ə-ˈdäp-təd How to pronounce adopted (audio) \

Definition of adopted

: having been adopted: such as
a of a child : legally made the son or daughter of someone other than a biological parent He introduced us to his adopted daughter.
b : used or chosen in place of or in preference to an original an adopted name her adopted home/country

Examples of adopted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When someone says something that’s 100% wrong about my adopted hometown of Detroit, I am compelled to right that wrong. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 The wrong answer to the Republican club in his adopted hometown, of course, could have major repercussions. Paul Gattis |, al, 2 Apr. 2022 To name, to utter is a holy act in any tradition, especially my adopted tradition as a writer. Dave Lucas, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Instead, Aloy pulls out a hologram of Rost, her adopted father—the one who died early in the first game. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 17 Mar. 2022 Hodges, the retired U.S. commander, said that Putin's adopted tactics could start to increase pressure on the Russian leader not only from other countries, but from within his own. Tucker Reals, CBS News, 7 Mar. 2022 Her character became the adopted teen that couple Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) took in from the foster system. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2022 Seen as an alternative to Western imperialism and capitalism, some post-colonial African leaders aligned themselves with the USSR with adopted ideologies ranging from socialism to Marxism-Leninism. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 25 Feb. 2022 The Bengals just beat Kansas City, and Louisiana’s adopted team and son are headed to the Super Bowl. The Enquirer, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adopted

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adopted

from past participle of adopt

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8 May 2022

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“Adopted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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