Synonyms & Antonyms of adopt

to take for one's own use (something originated by another)
  • shortly after moving to the U.S., the family dutifully adopted the American tradition of having turkey for Thanksgiving

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How does the verb adopt differ from other similar words?

The words embrace and espouse are common synonyms of adopt. While all three words 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

In what contexts can embrace take the place of adopt?

Although the words embrace and adopt have much in common, embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance.

embraced the customs of their new homeland

When might espouse be a better fit than adopt?

While in some cases nearly identical to adopt, espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes.

espoused the cause of women's rights

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The first known use of adopt was in the 15th century

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“Adopt.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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