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What does adopt mean?
To adopt is to take another parent’s child into one’s custody, typically in a formal legal way, in order to permanently act as their parent or guardian.
This most commonly involves an adult couple or a single adult adopting and raising a child who is no longer in the custody of either of their birth parents (biological parents), such as in cases where they have died or are otherwise unable to care for the child. This sense of adopt can also be used in reference to adopting an animal as a pet, such as from an animal shelter. The word is especially used this way when the animal had a previous caretaker.
Adopt and the noun form adoption have many other more general meanings. Most generally, adopt means to choose or take as one’s own. It can also mean to accept something or vote to approve it. In all cases, adoption is the act or process of adopting, or the state of having adopted.
To adopt a tradition or religion is to make it one’s own. To adopt a plan is to approve it and act according to its steps. Similarly, to adopt a law is to formally vote to approve it and take steps to follow and enforce it.
Example: We’ve found an agency that will help us to adopt.
Where does adopt come from?
The first records of the word adopt come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin verb adoptāre, meaning “to choose for oneself,” from optāre, “to choose.”
Adoption of children is often pursued by people who are unable or who choose not to have biological children, but it can also involve families with their own children adopting other children into the family. A child can also be adopted by a relative, such as an aunt, uncle, or grandparent. The adjective adoptive can mean “involving adoption” or “related by adoption,” as in my adoptive family. A person who has been adopted can be referred to as an adoptee. More commonly, such a person may identify as adopted, as in I’m adopted, but I’ve met my birth mother and keep in touch with her.
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What are some other forms related to adopt?
- adopted (past tense verb, adjective)
- adoption (noun)
- adoptive (adjective)
- adopter (noun)
- nonadopter (noun)
- adoptable (adjective, noun)
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How is adopt used in real life?
Adopt is commonly used in the context of the adoption of children as well as in its general senses.
THIS IS NOT OKAY. Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community or having a disability should not be a factor in whether you are able to adopt a child or not. I am heartbroken. https://t.co/BC578N7k3T
— vote blue (@ida1ia) October 23, 2020
I have been trying to adopt a puppy for 3 months, no luck whatsoever. What am I doing wrong?
— Lea Goldman (@lea) October 21, 2020
@SOTSMerrill are there any plans to adopt early voting in CT for future elections? Feels like the state is behind on this one.
— Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) October 22, 2020
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We plan to adopt the new plan next quarter.
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The Sense, however, is alone as the first Fitbit to adopt an ECG sensor, bringing it up to speed with the new Apple Watch on that front.Fitbit Sense review|Brian Heater|September 24, 2020|TechCrunch
For farms to adopt climate-friendly practices, they need restaurants that reward them for doing so.This restaurant duo want a zero-carbon food system. Can it happen?|Bobbie Johnson|September 24, 2020|MIT Technology Review
New York adopted some of the toughest measures, and it now has the third-lowest per-capita case rate among the 50 states.Fauci finally loses his patience with Rand Paul|Aaron Blake|September 23, 2020|Washington Post
Even in normal circumstances, when people are not under stress, it is difficult to adopt AI tools into a process and make sure it’s all properly regulated.We’re not ready for AI, says the winner of a new $1m AI prize|Will Heaven|September 23, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The networks may benefit from more people having adopted streaming this year and the people who canceled their pay-TV subscriptions looking to subscribe to streamers offering TV programming.How TV networks are setting up for the expanding ad-supported streaming war|Tim Peterson|September 23, 2020|Digiday
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|Tina Traster|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Christian Borys|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It doesn't require the association to immediately adopt the listed protections,” Hruby wrote.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?|Robert Silverman|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How many shootings will it take before we adopt common sense gun control?A Navy Vet’s Case for Gun Control|Shawn VanDiver|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Almost every country present pledged to either adopt a church or rebuild a school.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The French adopt the same derivation, calling it "asbeste" (minèral filamenteux et incombustible).Asbestos|Robert H. Jones
They may adopt such rules as they like provided they are not contrary to the laws of the land.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Very soon I induced my directors to adopt the view that the railway company must encourage and help the project.
But don't adopt the role of inquisitor—because I'm as good as dead, and dead men tell no tales.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
It decided to adopt Mr. Dickinson's petition; and to this measure John Adams submitted.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker