- 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
Examples from the Web for unadopted
Historical Examples of unadopted
We ought not to encourage any discrimination between the adopted and the unadopted illegitimate child.Race Improvement : or, Eugenics : a Little Book on a Great Subject
La Reine Helen Baker
He who finds some unadopted speciality possesses a means of his own for getting a living.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
He who finds some unadopted specialty possesses a means of his own for getting a living.Evolution in Modern Thought
- (of a child) not adopted
- British (of a road, etc) not maintained by a local authority
- 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.