What does Adopt mean?

Definitions for Adoptəˈdɒpt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Adopt.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adopt, follow, espouse(verb)

    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

    "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

  2. adopt, borrow, take over, take up(verb)

    take up and practice as one's own

  3. assume, adopt, take on, take over(verb)

    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

    "When will the new President assume office?"

  4. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take(verb)

    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"

  5. adopt, take in(verb)

    take into one's family

    "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"

  6. dramatize, dramatise, adopt(verb)

    put into dramatic form

    "adopt a book for a screenplay"

  7. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up(verb)

    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

    "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"


  1. adopt(Verb)

    To take by choice into relationship, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.

  2. adopt(Verb)

    To take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.

    A friend of mine recently adopted a Chinese baby girl found on the streets of Beijing.

  3. adopt(Verb)

    To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.

    We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.

  4. adopt(Verb)

    To take by choice into the scope of one's responsibility.

    This supermarket chain adopts several families every Yuletide, providing them with money and groceries for the holidays.

  5. adopt(Verb)

    To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.

  6. adopt(Verb)

    To select and take or approve.

  7. Origin: From adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad + optare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adopt(verb)

    to take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child

  2. Adopt(verb)

    to take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted

  3. Origin: [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See Option.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adopt

    ad-opt′, v.t. to choose: to take up or embrace: to take into any relationship: to take as one's own what is another's, as a child, &c.—ns. Adop′tianism, an 8th-century heresy akin to Nestorianism, that Christ, in respect of his divine nature, was doubtless the Son of God; but that, as to his human nature, he was only declared and adopted to be the first-born Son of God; Adop′tion, the act of adopting: the state of being adopted: assumption: the taking into one language of words from another: formal acceptance: choice: (theol.) an act of divine grace by which the redeemed in Christ are admitted to the privileges of the sons of God.—adjs. Adop′tious (Shak.), adopted; Adopt′ive, that adopts or is adopted. [L. adoptāread, to, and, optāre, to choose.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adopt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3840

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adopt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4611

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adopt' in Verbs Frequency: #255


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adopt in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adopt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Adopt the pace of nature.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

  3. Jean-Paul Sartre:

    One does not adopt a new idea, one slips into it.

  4. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:

    We don't believe in it, but we are forced to adopt it.

  5. David Woll:

    If you adopt (HSBC's) theory ... our grandchildren could be here in 2042.

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