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"
adopt, borrow, take over, take up(verb)
take up and practice as one's own
assume, adopt, take on, take over(verb)
take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
"When will the new President assume office?"
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"
adopt, take in(verb)
take into one's family
"They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
dramatize, dramatise, adopt(verb)
put into dramatic form
"adopt a book for a screenplay"
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"
To take by choice into relationship, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.
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.
To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.
We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.
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.
To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.
To select and take or approve.
Origin: From adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad + optare.
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
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
Origin: [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See Option.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. adoptāre—ad, to, and, optāre, to choose.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'adopt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3840
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'adopt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4611
Rank popularity for the word 'adopt' in Verbs Frequency: #255
The numerical value of adopt in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of adopt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of adopt in a Sentence
Adopt the pace of nature.
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
One does not adopt a new idea, one slips into it.
We don't believe in it, but we are forced to adopt it.
If you adopt (HSBC's) theory ... our grandchildren could be here in 2042.
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- осиновявам, усвоявам, осиновяBulgarian
- adoptovat, osvojitCzech
- adoptieren, annehmen, übernehmenGerman
- adoptar, ahijarSpanish
- اتخاذ کردنPersian
- omaksua, adoptoidaFinnish
- uchd-mhacaichScottish Gaelic
- befogad, örökbe fogad, adoptálHungarian
- 養子にする, 採用するJapanese
- aannemen, goed keuren, adopterenDutch
- усыновить, удочерить, принимать, признать, усыновлять, удочерять, принять, признаватьRussian
- усвојити, usvojitiSerbo-Croatian
- evlat edinmekTurkish
- nhận làm con nuôiVietnamese
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