Definitions for: Adopt

[v] take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
[v] take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
[v] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
[v] put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
[v] take up and practice as one's own
[v] choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
[v] take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"

Webster (1913) Definition: A*dopt", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adopted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Adopting.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf.
F. adopter. See Option.]
1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir,
friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child
of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own

2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally;
to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or
policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

Synonyms: acquire, assume, assume, borrow, dramatise, dramatize, embrace, espouse, espouse, follow, sweep up, take in, take on, take on, take over, take over, take up

See Also: accept, accept, adhere, change, choose, compose, fasten on, have, hook on, indite, latch on, pen, pick out, re-assume, resume, seize on, select, take, take, take office, take up, write

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