[ 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.

Origin of adopt

1490–1500; (< Middle French adopter) < Latin adoptāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + optāre to opt
Related forms
Can be confusedadapt adept adoptadopted adoptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unadopted

British Dictionary definitions for unadopted (1 of 2)


/ (ˌʌnəˈdɒptɪd) /


(of a child) not adopted
British (of a road, etc) not maintained by a local authority

British Dictionary definitions for unadopted (2 of 2)


/ (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 Formsadoptee, nounadopter, nounadoption, noun

Word Origin for adopt

C16: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for unadopted



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.

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