What does adopt mean?

Definitions for adopt
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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"

Wiktionary

  1. adopt(Verb)

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

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

  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.

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

  3. adopt(Verb)

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

    We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.

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

  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.

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

  5. adopt(Verb)

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

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

  6. adopt(Verb)

    To select and take or approve.

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

    Etymology: [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

How to pronounce adopt?

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How to say adopt in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of adopt in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    If things cross their limits raises issues that lead to conflict and end in distrust and doubt. Wise people do not adopt such a position to make way for that. It is the practice of the fools and the duffers.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Love cannot adopt and adapt the way that beloved becomes under a process of judging since such practice neither represents love nor sincerity and honesty accordingly its perception and essence.

  3. Lori Tremmel Freeman:

    In fact, a recent NACCHO survey of rural local health departments notes that 93 % of respondents see e-cigarettes as a public health threat in their community. However, our research also notes that there are real barriers to ensuring that cessation and prevention activities are available in all communities, we urge the administration to work swiftly to adopt this and other measures to address the youth vaping crisis and to support local communities in addressing tobacco use across the board.

  4. Tony Abbott:

    The only way you can stop the deaths is to stop the people smuggling trade. The only way you can stop the deaths is, in fact, to stop the boats, that's why it is so urgent that the countries of Europe adopt very strong policies that will end the people smuggling trade across the Mediterranean.

  5. Janet Napolitano:

    While we still do not know what policies and practices the incoming federal administration may adopt, given the many public pronouncements made during the presidential campaign and its aftermath, we felt it necessary to reaffirm that [University of California] will act upon its deeply held conviction that all members of our community have the right to work, study, and live safely and without fear at all UC locations.

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