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adopt

[uh-dopt] /əˈdɒpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent:
to adopt a nickname.
2.
to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.
3.
to take or receive into any kind of new relationship:
to adopt a person as a protégé.
4.
to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course.
5.
to vote to accept:
The House adopted the report.
6.
to accept or act in accordance with (a plan, principle, etc.).
Verb phrases
7.
adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption:
The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.
Origin of adopt
1490-1500
1490-1500; (< Middle French adopter) < Latin adoptāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + optāre to opt
Related forms
adopter, noun
nonadopter, noun
preadopt, verb (used with object)
quasi-adopt, verb (used with object)
quasi-adopted, adjective
readopt, verb (used with object)
unadopted, adjective
well-adopted, adjective
Can be confused
adapt, adept, adopt.
adopted, adoptive.
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Examples from the Web for adopt
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  • 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 George MacDonald
  • 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 Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for adopt

adopt

/əˈdɒpt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(law) to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
2.
to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
3.
to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
4.
to take on; assume: to adopt a title
5.
to accept (a report, etc)
Derived Forms
adoptee, noun
adopter, noun
adoption, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for adopt
v.

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.

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