Definition of Adopt

1. Verb. Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans. "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

Exact synonyms: Espouse, Follow
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Related verbs: Abide By, Comply, Follow
Specialized synonyms: Adhere, Stick
Derivative terms: Adoption, Espousal, Following

2. Verb. Take up and practice as one's own.
Exact synonyms: Borrow, Take Over, Take Up
Generic synonyms: Accept, Have, Take
Derivative terms: Adoption, Adoptive

3. Verb. Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities. "When will the new President assume office?"
Exact synonyms: Assume, Take On, Take Over
Specialized synonyms: Resume
Generic synonyms: Take Office
Derivative terms: Assumption

4. Verb. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect. "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
Exact synonyms: Acquire, Assume, Take, Take On
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Re-assume

5. Verb. Take into one's family. "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
Exact synonyms: Take In
Generic synonyms: Take
Derivative terms: Adoptable, Adoptee, Adopter, Adoption, Adoptive

6. Verb. Put into dramatic form. "Did he adopt his major works over a short period of time?"; "Adopt a book for a screenplay"
Exact synonyms: Dramatise, Dramatize
Category relationships: Authorship, Composition, Penning, Writing
Generic synonyms: Compose, Indite, Pen, Write
Derivative terms: Drama, Drama, Dramatisation, Dramatist, Drama, Drama, Dramatist, Dramatization, Dramatization

7. Verb. Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own. "They adopted the Jewish faith"
Exact synonyms: Embrace, Espouse, Sweep Up
Specialized synonyms: Fasten On, Hook On, Latch On, Seize On, Take Up
Generic synonyms: Accept
Derivative terms: Adoption, Embrace

Definition of Adopt

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Adopt

1. Verb. (transitive with relationship specified) To take by choice into relationship, (non-gloss definition as,) child, heir, friend, citizen, etc. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive with relationship implied by context) To take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive with relationship implied by context) To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive with relationship implied by context) To take by choice into the scope of one's responsibility. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.(rfex) ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To select and take or approve. ¹

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Definition of Adopt

1. to take into one's family by legal means [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adopt

adonis blue
adonis blues
adopt (current term)
adopt out

Literary usage of Adopt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"... for this biennial premium, the academy will be pleased to adopt such regulations as they in their wisdom may judge to be proper and necessary. ..."

2. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"On one circumstance only connected with these wars we must 'touch for a moment, because in his relation of it Mr. Longman shows a desire to adopt an opinion ..."

3. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"the evidence of the poems is overwhelming against the F in this word. It would of course be easy to adopt ..."

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