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 Hsieh died in late November at age 46 after what people close to him have described as a downward spiral of extreme behavior, but his vision lives on in his adopted home. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, "Tony Hsieh is gone, but his Las Vegas vision is finding new life," 12 Dec. 2020 The adopted budget includes $1,027,500 for the police department, which is $27,700 shy of what was originally requested. Jessica Saggio|contributing Writer,, "Pearl River adopts budget, police funding mostly restored," 17 Dec. 2020 Suddenly the art curator had time to explore her adopted hometown of New York City. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Books About Travel of 2020," 25 Nov. 2020 The report explored the striking differences among counties in Kansas during the summer: Some adopted mask mandates, while others did not. NBC News, "CDC says mask mandates can slow Covid-19 spread," 20 Nov. 2020 Billionaire Joe Mansueto last week paid more than $54 million for the Waldorf Astoria Chicago hotel, continuing a recent run of high-profile purchases in his adopted hometown. Ryan Ori,, "Who is billionaire Joe Mansueto? He now owns the Chicago Fire soccer team, the Wrigley Building and the Waldorf Astoria hotel.," 18 Nov. 2020 My favorite team is Barça, from my adopted hometown of Barcelona. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "The Happiness Effects of Elections," 5 Nov. 2020 The ink on Zane Smith’s driver’s license was barely dry when the Huntington Beach native got his first speeding ticket as a 16-year-old in his adopted hometown of Mooresville, N.C., five summers ago. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "NASCAR’s Zane Smith knows he’s ‘the baby in the field.’ He doesn’t care," 5 Nov. 2020 In 2009, she was named poet laureate of her adopted hometown. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, "Diane di Prima, feminist poet and Beat generation force, dies at 86," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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“Adopted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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