What does adopt mean?

Definitions for adopt
əˈdɒptadopt

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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.

  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.

  3. adoptverb

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

    We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.

  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.

  5. adoptverb

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

  6. adoptverb

    To select and take or approve.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADOPTverb

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. adopt

    Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents. Legal adoptions permanently transfer all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parents to the adoptive parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption, while others used less formal means (notably contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation). Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations.

ChatGPT

  1. adopt

    Adopt refers to the legal act of voluntarily taking and raising another person's child as one's own, in which the adoptive parent agrees to assume all parental responsibilities and rights. In a broader sense, adopt can also mean to choose, accept, or approve of something such as an idea, method, or policy and incorporate it into one's life, habits, or use.

  2. adopt

    To adopt means to legally take and bring up another's child as one's own or to choose and start to use or follow a particular method, plan, principle, etc. It can also mean to accept and start using a new technology, process, idea or habit.

  3. adopt

    To adopt means to legally take another's child and bring it up as one's own. It can also refer to accepting or starting to use something new such as an idea, method, or policy. Furthermore, it can mean to choose, select or take on a particular attitude, stance, or behavior.

  4. adopt

    Adopt is a verb that generally refers to the act of legally taking another's child and bringing it up as one's own. It can also mean to choose or take up something such as an idea, method, or principle and use it as one's own. Furthermore, it could refer to formally accepting or approving a proposal or plan.

  5. adopt

    Adopt generally refers to the act of legally taking another's child and bringing it up as one's own, or the act of choosing to take up, follow, or use something such as an idea, method, or policy.

  6. adopt

    To adopt means to choose or take on something such as an idea, method, or habit and make it one's own. It can also refer to the legal process where an adult becomes the legal and permanent parent of a child who is not biologically their own.

  7. adopt

    To adopt means to legally take and bring up another's child as one's own or to choose or accept something such as a law, principle, strategy, plan or idea and use it as one's own. It can also mean starting to use or apply a particular method or technique.

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

  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

  3. 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. James Hendrix:

    Outside of a supervised research setting, no one should adopt these specific ideas to try to improve their, or a loved one's memory and thinking, we simply don't know what the effect would be.

  2. Richard Blumenthal:

    I hope the President will decide to adopt this stance voluntarily and he hasn't taken it off the table on the state-sponsored terrorism.

  3. Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia Corp:

    When you work with car companies and you engage in these developments with them, over the years you adopt their culture, but the car is dying to be reinvented.

  4. Margot Cleveland:

    When the Court releases opinion, which will likely not be for six months or more, the majority will likely adopt Chief Justice John Roberts' position in a 2007 case, when he wrote: ‘The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race, is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,’ missing in this debate, also, is the reality that race discrimination is not a victimless proposition, and often another minority, namely Asian-Americans, suffer the consequences.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Retail traders, adopt the strategy of Black Cobra aka Manu Manek Mundra to short sell everyday, 95 % of the time you will win because share price hardly rises as can be seen often in 50 years of stock market history

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