Adopt definition

ə-dŏpt
To become the owner or caretaker of (a pet, especially one from a shelter).
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To choose and bring into a certain relationship.
  • To take into one's family by legal process and raise as one's own child.
  • To take possession of as a pet.
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To vote to accept.

Adopt a resolution.

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To move to or resettle in (a place).
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To vote to accept (a committee report, motion, etc.)
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To choose and follow (a course)
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To take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one's own.
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To take on the legal responsibilities as parent of (a child that is not one's biological child).
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To take a child into one's family legally and raise as one's own.
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To take on or assume.

Adopted an air of importance.

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To select as a required textbook.
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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.

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(with relationship specified) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.
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To choose as standard or required in a course.

Adopt a new line of English textbooks.

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To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent.

Adopt a new technique.

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To take up and make one's own.

Adopt a new idea.

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(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.

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(with relationship implied by context) To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.

We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.

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(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.

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To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.
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To select and take or approve.

To adopt the view or policy of another.

These resolutions were adopted.

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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.

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Origin of adopt

  • Middle English adopten from Old French adopter from Latin adoptāre ad- ad- optāre to choose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad + optare (“to choose, desire”).

    From Wiktionary