- 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.
A pair of monkeys adopt a kitten.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif., to take into one's own family by legal process and raise as one's own child
- 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: Classical Latin adoptare ; from ad-, to plush optare, to choose
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transitive verb a·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts
- To take into one's family through legal means and raise as one's own child.
- 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 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: Middle English adopten, from Old French adopter, from Latin adoptāre : ad-, ad- + optāre, to choose.
- a·doptˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- a·doptˈa·ble adjective
- a·doptˈer noun
- a·dopˈtion noun