Definitions for adopt
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word adopt.
adopt, follow, espouseverb
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 upverb
take up and practice as one's own
assume, adopt, take on, take oververb
take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
"When will the new President assume office?"
assume, acquire, adopt, take on, takeverb
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 inverb
take into one's family
"They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
dramatize, dramatise, adoptverb
put into dramatic form
"adopt a book for a screenplay"
espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep upverb
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.
Etymology: From adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad + optare.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: adopto, Lat.
Were none of all my father’s sisters left;
Nay, were I of my mother’s kin bereft;
None by an uncle’s or a grandame’s side,
Yet I cou’d some adopted heir provide. John Dryden, Pers. Sat. vi.
Whether, adopted to some neighb’ring star,
Thou roll’st above us, in thy wand’ring race,
Or, in procession fix’d and regular,
Mov’d with the heav’ns majestic pace;
Or call’d to more celestial bliss,
Thou tread’st, with seraphims, the vast abyss. Dryd.
We are seldom at ease from the solicitation of our natural or adopted desires; but a constant succession of uneasinesses, out of that stock, which natural wants, or acquired habits, have heaped up, take the will in their turns. John Locke.
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
Etymology: [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
Census Bureau officials're saying Census Bureau can't adopt a plan that undermines the purpose of accuracy, that undermines that in the bureau's own words, that of their own officials, that they can't do what they're now trying to do and achieve an accurate enough count.
A lot of our economic officials this afternoon will be meeting with him about how to move that program forward and adopt best practices.
Retailers could support their customers ’ health, rather than pushing the consumption of extra ? and often unwanted ? calories from candy, soda, and other junk food and sugary drinks, supermarkets and other stores that sell food, like Target, Walmart, and 7-Eleven, should adopt food and nutrition standards for checkout, selling only non-food and healthier food and beverage options there.
We don't believe in it, but we are forced to adopt it.
I don’t know any charity that would adopt this, but those who do will certainly be scaring their donors.
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- осиновявам, усвоявам, осиновяBulgarian
- osvojit, adoptovatCzech
- übernehmen, annehmen, adoptierenGerman
- adoptar, ahijarSpanish
- اتخاذ کردنPersian
- omaksua, adoptoidaFinnish
- uchd-mhacaichScottish Gaelic
- befogad, örökbe fogad, adoptálHungarian
- 養子にする, 採用するJapanese
- goed keuren, aannemen, adopterenDutch
- принимать, удочерить, усыновить, признать, признавать, принять, удочерять, усыновлятьRussian
- усвојити, usvojitiSerbo-Croatian
- evlat edinmekTurkish
- nhận làm con nuôiVietnamese
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