What does adopt mean?

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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"


  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.

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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  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. Melissa Sherry:

    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.

  2. White House spokesman Eric Schultz:

    A lot of our economic officials this afternoon will be meeting with him about how to move that program forward and adopt best practices.

  3. The Center:

    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.

  4. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:

    We don't believe in it, but we are forced to adopt it.

  5. Mark Fitzgibbons:

    I don’t know any charity that would adopt this, but those who do will certainly be scaring their donors.

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