What does adopt mean?

Definitions for adopt
əˈdɒptadopt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adopt, follow, espouseverb

    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 upverb

    take up and practice as one's own

  3. assume, adopt, take on, take oververb

    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

    "When will the new President assume office?"

  4. 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"

  5. adopt, take inverb

    take into one's family

    "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"

  6. dramatize, dramatise, adoptverb

    put into dramatic form

    "adopt a book for a screenplay"

  7. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. adoptverb

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

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

  2. adoptverb

    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. adoptverb

    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. adoptverb

    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. adoptverb

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

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

  6. adoptverb

    To select and take or approve.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adoptverb

    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. Adoptverb

    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. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Killoy:

    What it does not do, and cannot do, is force us to adopt misguided principles created by groups who do not own guns, know nothing about our business, and frankly would rather see us out of business.

  2. Susan Heathfield:

    Employers are concerned about lawsuits, there has been a trend in recent years for employers to adopt policies that state that all information shared about a former employee must come from HR, and many HR departments have also developed a policy that says they will not provide a prospective employer with any information except dates of employment, salary, and job titles.

  3. Ophthalmologist Li:

    China must learn the lesson from Li's case and adopt a rights-respecting approach to combating the epidemic.

  4. Ian Serotkin:

    I asked that exact question last night, it is a requirement from the state and we have to adopt it.

  5. Steve Vladeck:

    Today's decision could provide a road map to other states to follow Ohio's lead and to adopt aggressive rules for culling their voter rolls going forward, even with respect to folks who are still living in Ohio and legally eligible to vote.

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