A pair of monkeys adopt a kitten.
- The definition of adopt is to willingly take one into a relationship, particularly in the case of an orphaned child.
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.
An example of adopt is to accept and implement a plan presented to a committee.
- to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif.,
- to take into one's family by legal process and raise as one's own child
- to take possession of as a pet
- to take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one's own
- to choose and follow (a course)
- to vote to accept (a committee report, motion, etc.)
- to select as a required textbook
Origin of adoptClassical Latin adoptare from ad-, to + optare, to choose
transitive verba·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts
- To take on the legal responsibilities as parent of (a child that is not one's biological child).
- To become the owner or caretaker of (a pet, especially one from a shelter).
- a. To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent: adopt a new technique.b. To take up and make one's own: adopt a new idea.
- To move to or resettle in (a place).
- To take on or assume: adopted an air of importance.
- To vote to accept: adopt a resolution.
- To choose as standard or required in a course: adopt a new line of English textbooks.
Origin of adoptMiddle English adopten from Old French adopter from Latin adoptāre ad- ad- optāre to choose
Usage Note: Children are adopted by parents, and we normally refer to an adopted child but to adoptive parents, families, and homes. When describing places, one can use either adopted or adoptive: her adopted city; her adoptive city.
(third-person singular simple present adopts, present participle adopting, simple past and past participle adopted)
- (with relationship specified) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.
- (with relationship implied by context) To take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.
- A friend of mine recently adopted a Chinese baby girl found on the streets of Beijing.
- (with relationship implied by context) To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.
- We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.
- (with relationship implied by context) To take by choice into the scope of one's responsibility.
- This supermarket chain adopts several families every Yuletide, providing them with money and groceries for the holidays.
- To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.
- To select and take or approve.
- to adopt the view or policy of another
- These resolutions were adopted.