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 That first child — the infant — would eventually become their adopted daughter, now 23, who lives with them. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Foster care parents win statewide award for providing home to hundreds of kids near San Antonio," 24 Dec. 2019 An increase in wages Wages have increased about $2 million from the adopted 2019 budget and $14 million from 2018. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "This is why IndyGo plans to spend an additional $6 million next year," 29 Oct. 2019 The mayor’s $622 million city budget proposal — which draws funding from a variety of sources, including the tax levy — represents a $10 million spending increase over the adopted 2019 budget of $612 million. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul prepares for possible $35 million tax hike. A lot depends on trash plan.," 24 Sep. 2019 By comparison, the adopted 2018 county tax rate is 62.998 cents. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Waller, Fort Bend counties lower tax rates," 20 Sep. 2019 Hoda Kotb returned to the Today show on Friday to talk about her maternity leave and her new adopted baby girl, Hope Catherine. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Hoda Kotb Gets Emotional Talking About Her Maternity Leave," 2 Aug. 2019 But for Libra to become widely adopted, concerns associated with trust, privacy and governance will have to be addressed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Could the Libra cryptocurrency be a good thing?," 28 June 2019 However, for people with limited or completely missing family medical data, these services can also be life-changing in helping to explain adopted people's symptoms or alert them to a hidden health risk. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 He is seen holding his adopted dog Nemo, a three-year-old Labrador-Griffin, and smiling at Princess Gabriella. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Brigitte Macron Just Had Tea with Princess Charlene of Monaco and Her Twins," 13 Nov. 2018

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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