adopt·​ed ə-ˈdäp-təd How to pronounce adopted (audio)
: having been adopted: such as
of a child : legally made the son or daughter of someone other than a biological parent
He introduced us to his adopted daughter.
: 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 About 20% were for a family’s new child, whether that is after giving birth or welcoming an adopted or foster child. Kinsey Crowley, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2023 The table below shows the proportion of the variation of adopted and biological children as explained by the variation of the parents. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2011 Franklin will return to his adopted home of Los Angeles to start filming a new television series. Joey Morona, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2023 Westbrook was dealt to Washington in December in exchange for John Wall and a 2023 conditional first-round pick, and with Westbrook gone, all eyes turned to the future of Harden in his adopted home. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 14 Dec. 2022 Instead, the compensation package was negotiated with the Sheriff’s Department and will be paid for with funds that already were included in the $1 billion adopted budget. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2022 The adopted budget raises the county tax levy — the total amount collected in property taxes — to $309.5 million, about 1.8% higher than the 2021 levy of $303.97 million. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Nov. 2021 Nothing even remotely comparable was ever attempted in New York, his temporary adopted hometown, although Mr. Snow’s impact on New York’s avant-garde was considerable. J. Hoberman, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2023 His adopted son, 21M, later did the same for another pack who lost its alpha. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


from past participle of adopt

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adopted was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Adopted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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