adopt

[ uh-dopt ]
/ əˈdɒpt /

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption: The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.

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Origin of adopt

1490–1500; (< Middle French adopter) < Latin adoptāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + optāre to opt

OTHER WORDS FROM adopt

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adopt

adapt adept adoptadopted adoptive
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British Dictionary definitions for adopter

adopt
/ (əˈdɒpt) /

verb (tr)

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)

Derived forms of adopt

adoptee, nounadopter, nounadoption, noun

Word Origin for adopt

C16: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to choose
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