What does adopt mean?

Definitions for adopt
əˈdɒptadopt

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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

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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. Michael Malone:

    We have always believed that excluding students from admission conflicts with our institutional values and principles, it is now clear, after further consultation and deliberation, that we can adopt a less restrictive policy.

  2. Clifford V. Villalon:

    A young boy was asked by an old man, What is your dream?. The boy said, I want to build a country so I can adopt all homeless people from all over the world.

  3. Justine Brooks Froelker:

    People's first reactions, even my pastor's reaction, is 'Well, why don't you just adopt?'.

  4. Ueli Maurer:

    If we didn't get equivalence (from the EU) and didn't adopt protective measures, the bourse expects trading volume would collapse by 70 to 80 percent. Of course this would not be manageable.

  5. Edmund Shing:

    Before becoming positive on the sector, I would like to see them making efforts to improve productivity, adopt technologies like softwares to optimize logistics networks, cut labor costs and have a sustainable dividend policy, it's a very competitive market, growth prospects are limited and the barrier to entry is not very high. The danger for the market is that Amazon might replicate its experiment across Europe and other online companies such as eBay also launch their own delivery services to cut costs.

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