The definition of adopt is to willingly take one into a relationship, particularly in the case of an orphaned child.(verb)
An example of adopt is to permanently take in a kitten from a shelter.
Adopt is defined as to accept an idea or to choose and follow a course of action.(verb)
An example of adopt is to accept and implement a plan presented to a committee.
See adopt in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L adoptare < ad-, to + optare, to choose
See adopt in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb a·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts
Origin: Middle English adopten
Origin: , from Old French adopter
Origin: , from Latin adoptāre
Origin: : ad-, ad-
Origin: + optāre, to choose.
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