- to choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent: to adopt a nickname.
- to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.
- to take or receive into any kind of new relationship: to adopt a person as a protégé.
- to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course.
- to vote to accept: The House adopted the report.
- to accept or act in accordance with (a plan, principle, etc.).
- adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption: The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.
Origin of adopt
Examples from the Web for adopt
Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
Some of the most explosive opportunities could be based around things that the Western world seems reluctant to adopt.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
How many shootings will it take before we adopt common sense gun control?A Navy Vet’s Case for Gun Control
November 23, 2014
Wins such as Hobby Lobby, far from leading them to adopt a more relaxed posture, merely prove the need for more work.The Christian Right’s New GOTV Motivator
November 7, 2014
She began to adopt a neorealist aesthetic, seeing the beauty in “imperfections.”Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director
October 24, 2014
He would not adopt a nameless orphan, found with a poor goatherd of Phelle.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I can hardly think that Parliament will adopt a different view.
She's rather too old, and I'm rather too young to adopt her; but I daresay she would marry me.Weighed and Wanting
Because he had come to live there was no reason why it should adopt him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She seemed to take charge, to adopt me with the house, to accept and audit and vouch for us.The Bacillus of Beauty
- law to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
- to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
- to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
- to take on; assumeto adopt a title
- to accept (a report, etc)
Word Origin and History for adopt
c.1500, a back-formation from adoption or else from Middle French adopter or directly from Latin adoptare "take by choice, choose for oneself, select, choose" (especially a child). Originally in English also of friends, fathers, citizens, etc. Sense of "to legally take as one's own child" and that of "to embrace, espouse" a practice, method, etc. are from c.1600. Related: Adopted; adopting.