adopt·​ed | \ə-ˈdäp-təd \

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

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View the adopted budget: or through the school system’s budget department. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Gwinnett Board of Education to hold three hearings on millage rate," 3 July 2018 The county's recommended budget of $30.8 billion represents a slight decrease — of about $800 million — from last year's final adopted budget. Nina Agrawal,, "L.A. County unveils new budget, emphasizing homeless services and other safety-net programs," 10 Apr. 2018 The adopted budget includes the Democrats’ recommended $113,406,180 for education, a 1.5 percent increase. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Board Of Directors OKs Budget With 2.75 Percent Tax Hike," 10 Apr. 2018 The adopted strategies dealing with school security were reviewed and assessed. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Area city and school officials react to school shootings and discuss plans to keep students safe," 4 Mar. 2018 The 66-year-old adopted gestures identified with Black Lives Matter and Black Power movements to express opposition to racial inequality. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "10 John Mellencamp insights in his new Netflix film," 5 Feb. 2018 Their family includes three adopted children, from Vietnam, Liberia and Colombia, as well as a biological daughter. Daniel D'addario, Time, "Here and Now Is a Frank Family Saga Suited for This Moment," 8 Feb. 2018 DES MOINES --- An Ankeny, Iowa, couple whose adopted baby was killed after his birth parents regained custody in 2014 was awarded $3.25 million last week in a lawsuit against their adoption lawyer. Charly Haley, USA TODAY, "Iowa couple gets $3.25M after adopted son killed by birth father," 22 Aug. 2017 Yet, some 200 cities nationwide adopted sanctuary policies and lawmakers propose to make California a sanctuary state. Reverandal, Fox News, "Crime drops in Phoenix after city drops sanctuary city status, former cops say," 30 June 2017

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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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