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adopt

take another’s child as one’s own: I will adopt my late sister’s boy.; to accept: adopt a proposal
Not to be confused with:
adapt – fit, adjust, alter, or modify: She will adapt the costume to fit.
adept – thoroughly proficient; an expert: He is adept at landscaping difficult lots.
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a·dopt

 (ə-dŏpt′)
tr.v. a·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts
1. To take on the legal responsibilities as parent of (a child that is not one's biological child).
2. To become the owner or caretaker of (a pet, especially one from a shelter).
3.
a. To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent: adopt a new technique.
b. To take up and make one's own: adopt a new idea.
4. To move to or resettle in (a place).
5. To take on or assume: adopted an air of importance.
6. To vote to accept: adopt a resolution.
7. To choose as standard or required in a course: adopt a new line of English textbooks.

[Middle English adopten, from Old French adopter, from Latin adoptāre : ad-, ad- + optāre, to choose.]

a·dopt′a·bil′i·ty n.
a·dopt′a·ble adj.
a·dopt′er n.
a·dop′tion n.
Usage Note: Children are adopted by parents, and we normally refer to an adopted child but to adoptive parents, families, and homes. When describing places, one can use either adopted or adoptive: her adopted city; her adoptive city.
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adopt

(əˈdɒpt)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) law to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
2. to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
3. to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
4. to take on; assume: to adopt a title.
5. (Commerce) to accept (a report, etc)
[C16: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to choose]
ˌadopˈtee n
aˈdopter n
aˈdoption n
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a•dopt

(əˈdɒpt)

v.t.
1. to take and use as one's own: to adopt a nickname.
2. to take and rear (the child of others) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.
3. to take or receive into any kind of new relationship.
4. to take on or act in accordance with (an attitude, policy, course, etc.).
5. to vote to accept.
6. to select as a basic or required textbook in a course.
[1490–1500; (< Middle French adopter) < Latin adoptāre=ad- ad- + optāre to opt]
a•dopt′a•ble, adj.
a•dopt`a•bil′i•ty, n.
a•dopt′er, n.
a•dop′tion, n.
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adopt


Past participle: adopted
Gerund: adopting

Imperative
adopt
adopt
Present
I adopt
you adopt
he/she/it adopts
we adopt
you adopt
they adopt
Preterite
I adopted
you adopted
he/she/it adopted
we adopted
you adopted
they adopted
Present Continuous
I am adopting
you are adopting
he/she/it is adopting
we are adopting
you are adopting
they are adopting
Present Perfect
I have adopted
you have adopted
he/she/it has adopted
we have adopted
you have adopted
they have adopted
Past Continuous
I was adopting
you were adopting
he/she/it was adopting
we were adopting
you were adopting
they were adopting
Past Perfect
I had adopted
you had adopted
he/she/it had adopted
we had adopted
you had adopted
they had adopted
Future
I will adopt
you will adopt
he/she/it will adopt
we will adopt
you will adopt
they will adopt
Future Perfect
I will have adopted
you will have adopted
he/she/it will have adopted
we will have adopted
you will have adopted
they will have adopted
Future Continuous
I will be adopting
you will be adopting
he/she/it will be adopting
we will be adopting
you will be adopting
they will be adopting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been adopting
you have been adopting
he/she/it has been adopting
we have been adopting
you have been adopting
they have been adopting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been adopting
you will have been adopting
he/she/it will have been adopting
we will have been adopting
you will have been adopting
they will have been adopting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been adopting
you had been adopting
he/she/it had been adopting
we had been adopting
you had been adopting
they had been adopting
Conditional
I would adopt
you would adopt
he/she/it would adopt
we would adopt
you would adopt
they would adopt
Past Conditional
I would have adopted
you would have adopted
he/she/it would have adopted
we would have adopted
you would have adopted
they would have adopted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.adopt - choose and followadopt - choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
adhere, stick - be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her principles"
2.adopt - take up and practice as one's own
accept, take, have - receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
3.adopt - take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilitiesadopt - take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"
resume - assume anew; "resume a title"; "resume an office"; "resume one's duties"
take office - assume an office, duty, or title; "When will the new President take office?"
4.adopt - take on a certain form, attribute, or aspectadopt - take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
re-assume - take on again, as after a time lapse; "He re-assumed his old behavior"
5.adopt - take into one's familyadopt - take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
take - take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
6.adopt - put into dramatic formadopt - put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
indite, pen, write, compose - produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
7.adopt - take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
fasten on, hook on, seize on, take up, latch on - adopt; "take up new ideas"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
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adopt

verb
1. take on, follow, support, choose, accept, maintain, assume, select, take over, approve, appropriate, take up, embrace, engage in, endorse, ratify, become involved in, espouse Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
2. take in, raise, nurse, mother, rear, foster, bring up, take care of There are hundreds of people desperate to adopt a child.
take in give up, abandon, cast off, disown, cast aside
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adopt

verb
1. To take, as another's idea, and make one's own:
2. To accept officially:
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Translations
يَتَبَنَّى وَلَدَاًيَتَبَنَّىيَتَّخِذ، يَتَبَنَّى
adoptovatosvojitpřijmout
adoptere
adoptoidaomaksua
posvojiti
örökbe fogad
ættleiîataka upp
養子にする
입양하다
įsisavintiįvaikinęsįvaikinimasįvaikintasįvaikinti
adoptētpārņemtpieņemt
adoptovať
posvojitisprejeti
adoptera
รับเอามา
benimsemekevlat edinmekevlât edinmek
nhận làm con nuôi

adopt

[əˈdɒpt] VT
1. [+ child] → adoptar
2. [+ report] → aprobar; [+ suggestion] → seguir, aceptar (Pol) [+ candidate] → elegir
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adopt

[əˈdɒpt] vt
[+ child] → adopter
Phil was adopted → Phil a été adopté.
[+ approach, policy] → adopter
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adopt

vt
childadoptieren, an Kindes statt annehmen (form); child in a different country, family, citydie Patenschaft übernehmen für; the orphan was adopted into the familydas Waisenkind wurde in die Familie aufgenommen; your cat has adopted me (inf)deine Katze hat sich mir angeschlossen
idea, suggestion, attitude, methodübernehmen; mannerismsannehmen; careereinschlagen, sich (dat)wählen
(Pol) motionannehmen; candidatenehmen
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adopt

[əˈdɒpt] vt (child, method) → adottare; (report, suggestion) → approvare (Pol) (candidate) → scegliere
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

adopt

(əˈdopt) verb
1. to take (a child of other parents) as one's own. Since they had no children of their own they decided to adopt a little girl.
2. to take (something) as one's own. After going to France he adopted the French way of life.
aˈdoption (-ʃən) noun
aˈdoptive (-tiv) adjective
his adoptive father.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

adopt

يَتَبَنَّى adoptovat adoptere adoptieren υιοθετώ adoptar adoptoida adopter posvojiti adottare 養子にする 입양하다 adopteren adoptere zaadoptować adotar усыновлять adoptera รับเอามา evlat edinmek nhận làm con nuôi 收养
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

adopt

vt. adoptar, prohijar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

adopt

vt adoptar
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References in classic literature ?
"When a man," continued Raoul, "adopts such romantic methods to entice a young girl's affections.
To justify their zeal in this matter, they allege two things: one is that, though the constitution of New York has no bill of rights prefixed to it, yet it contains, in the body of it, various provisions in favor of particular privileges and rights, which, in substance amount to the same thing; the other is, that the Constitution adopts, in their full extent, the common and statute law of Great Britain, by which many other rights, not expressed in it, are equally secured.
He says there are no absolute values "good" and "evil"; these are mere means adopted by all in order to acquire power to maintain their place in the world, or to become supreme.
Had she really been right in the resistance which had cost her so much pain six years ago, and again four years ago--the resistance to her husband's wish that they should adopt a child?
The matter was simple; Claude Frollo had taken him in, had adopted him, had nourished him, had reared him.
Pendleton's desire to adopt her--and certainly she would not wish to tell her now that she had ever thought for a minute of leaving her--this dear Aunt Polly!
We shall therefore astonish the world by the dimensions we shall be obliged to adopt. It must evidently be, then, a gun of great range, since the length of the piece will increase the detention of the gas accumulated behind the projectile; but there is no advantage in passing certain limits."
There are three different ways in which two states may be blended and joined together; for, in the first place, all those rules may be adopted which the laws of each of them have ordered; as for instance in the judicial department, for in an oligarchy the rich are fined if they do not come to the court as jurymen, but the poor are not paid for their attendance; but in democracies they are, while the rich are not fined for their neglect.
The first was to obey the laws and customs of my country, adhering firmly to the faith in which, by the grace of God, I had been educated from my childhood and regulating my conduct in every other matter according to the most moderate opinions, and the farthest removed from extremes, which should happen to be adopted in practice with general consent of the most judicious of those among whom I might be living.
It appeared among the "answers to correspondents" in a small weekly journal and ran as follows--I have never forgotten it: "Adopt an easy and pleasing manner, especially toward ladies."
He had been taken to that town by some good persons distantly related to his dead father, and by them adopted and tenderly cared for.
We have no children of our own, therefore I adopted the son of a favorite slave, and determined to make him my heir.