verb (used with object)
Origin of adopt
Examples from the Web for adopted
At least 70 percent of the children were adopted from overseas, including Russia, China, Ethiopia and Ukraine.
Many say the adopted children are so manipulative that parents are seen as predators by counselors or social workers.
The adopted children, then 18 months and 2.5 years old, came to the family abused and neglected, Wisner says.
Her adopted daughter tried to suffocate a younger biological sibling.
A version was approved for airline use in 2007—but no airline has adopted it.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The arrangement of getting rid of Van would certainly be the most eligible and satisfactory to the public that could be adopted.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)|Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
How early this distinction was adopted I have not been able to discover.Dissertation on Slavery|St. George Tucker.
The very becoming dress which you have adopted secures you from cold.Count Hannibal|Stanley J. Weyman
This last plan, which best accorded with her disposition, was that adopted by Elizabeth.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth|Lucy Aikin
The resolution was adopted, with only a small opposing vote.An American Religious Movement|Winfred Ernest Douglas
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.