- 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
Related Words for adopteduse, ratify, support, accept, maintain, embrace, endorse, follow, approve, select, choose, raise, opt, mimic, tap, seize, assume, affirm, assent, utilize
Examples from the Web for adopted
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of adopted
"I am Eudora, the adopted daughter of Phidias," rejoined the maiden.
"Some slaves have been publicly registered as adopted children," said Eudora.
During that ten days, and later, he adopted a systematic plan of work.Way of the Lawless
With a firm and unanimous voice the resolution to follow him was adopted.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
I adopted the name "Thompson," from my new master, which I have since retained.Biography of a Slave
- having been adoptedan adopted child Compare adoptive
- 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 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.