verb (used with object)
Origin of adopt
Examples from the Web for adopter
It is lo-fi and imperfect, but cheap and “significantly better than nothing,” as one adopter in Shanghai said.
The adopted son took the name of his adopter, and was bound to perform his new father's religious duties.
The legitimate descendants of the adopter with the adopted, while the adoption lasts.
The legitimate descendants of the adopter with the adopted, while the relation of adoption continues.
But if the one adopted died first, the total obligation of the adopter expired, even to the heirs of the one adopted.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55|Francisco Colin
In some simple distillations it is necessary to interpose an adopter between the retort and receiver, as shown Pl.Elements of Chemistry,|Antoine Lavoisier
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.