verb (used with object)
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.
Some of the most explosive opportunities could be based around things that the Western world seems reluctant to adopt.
How many shootings will it take before we adopt common sense gun control?
Wins such as Hobby Lobby, far from leading them to adopt a more relaxed posture, merely prove the need for more work.
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|Marlow Stern|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Should one be in doubt, the rule is to glance at the hostess and adopt her method, whatever that may be.The Etiquette of To-day|Edith B. Ordway
Such a child, for example, is the little girl the Moslem is ready to adopt and convert to the faith.Lotus Buds|Amy Carmichael
He had scarcely arrived when he made every exertion to urge it to adopt measures of severity.History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
“We got to adopt ourselves to new ways, old Sure-Shot,” he ruminated aloud.The Fighting Edge|William MacLeod Raine
Had he any measure of his own to propose, or was he willing to adopt the propositions of others?The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Word Origin 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.