adopt

verb
\ ə-ˈdäpt How to pronounce adopt (audio) \
adopted; adopting; adopts

Definition of adopt

transitive verb

1 : to take by choice into a relationship especially : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child
2 : to take up and practice or use adopted a moderate tone
3 : to accept formally and put into effect adopt a constitutional amendment
4 : to choose (a textbook) for required study in a course
5 : to sponsor the care and maintenance of adopt a highway

intransitive verb

: to adopt a child couples choosing to adopt

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Other Words from adopt

adoptability \ -​ˌdäp-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adoptability (audio) \ noun
adoptable \ -​ˈdäp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adoptable (audio) \ adjective
adopter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for adopt

adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature. forced to adopt new policies embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance. embraced the customs of their new homeland espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes. espoused the cause of women's rights

Examples of adopt in a Sentence

They were unable to have children of their own, so they decided to adopt. They decided to adopt a child. He was adopted as an infant. Did he adopt your point of view? We adopted some of the local customs. The author Samuel Clemens adopted the name “Mark Twain.” He was born in England but he has adopted Canada as his home. The assembly adopted a new constitution. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the Senate.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Many PCs are still running Windows 10 version 1803, from March 2018, after which Microsoft adopted a go-slow approach to Windows 10 version 1809, also known as the October 2018 Update. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft skips way, way ahead in new Windows 10 build," 14 Feb. 2019 Possibility number two: Rose, his father’s ex-wife and his adopted mom’s step-daughter, is his biological mom. Maria Tallarico, Glamour, "9 Jane the Virgin Fan Theories That Will Keep You Up at Night," 11 Jan. 2019 But the British competition isn't the only one adopting the change: CountryLiving.com confirms that trios will be allowed to audition in the U.S. for season 16! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Blind Auditions Are Changing in a Big Way," 6 Jan. 2019 There was Delphi's Dynamic Skip Fire system, which General Motors is adopting for its big V8s. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 Until Microsoft fully adopts USB-C across its devices, this is the next best thing. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "This cable lets you charge your Surface Pro or Laptop from a USB-C battery," 18 Dec. 2018 This is Europe’s first government collapse over the United Nations’ global pact for migration that several European governments refused to adopt last week. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Belgian Prime Minister Offers Resignation After Migration Rift," 18 Dec. 2018 Check it out in 2:33 below: Myron is Mac Miller's dog that has now been adopted by Ariana. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Savagely Covered Up Another Pete Davidson Tattoo with a Mac Miller Tribute," 3 Dec. 2018 Following a lengthy legal battle, Dallas and some of the other dogs were taken by Pit Sisters, a Florida organization which works with breeds that have more difficulty being adopted -- such as pit bulls -- to find homes. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Pit bull formerly used in fighting ring joins Virginia police department," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of adopt

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for adopt

Middle English adopten, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adopter, borrowed from Latin adoptāre, from ad- ad- + optāre "to express a wish for, desire, choose, decide on" — more at option entry 1

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adopt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of adopt

: to take a child of other parents legally as your own child
: to begin to use or have (a different manner, method, etc.)
: to begin to use (a name that is not your real or original name)

adopt

verb
\ ə-ˈdäpt How to pronounce adopt (audio) \
adopted; adopting

Kids Definition of adopt

1 : to legally take a child of other parents to raise
2 : to take up as someone's own After moving to Quebec, he adopted French as his language.
3 : to accept and put into action The state adopted a law requiring drivers to wear seat belts.
\ ə-ˈdäpt How to pronounce adopt (audio) \

Legal Definition of adopt

1 : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child especially in compliance with formal legal procedures — see also equitable adoption
2 : to take or accept as if one's own [the company] adopted the signature on the financing statementBarber-Greene Co. v. Nat'l City Bank of Minneapolis, 816 F.2d 1267 (1987)
3 : to accept formally and put into effect adopt a constitutional amendment

Other Words from adopt

adoptable \ ə-​ˈdäp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce adoptable (audio) \ adjective
adoptability \ ə-​ˌdäp-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ adverb
adoption \ ə-​ˈdäp-​shən How to pronounce adoption (audio) \ noun

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