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Meaning & Definition of Adopt in English

English

Adopt

/ədɑpt/

verb

1. Choose and follow

  • As of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
  • "She followed the feminist movement"
  • "The candidate espouses republican ideals"
    synonym:
  • adopt
  • ,
  • follow
  • ,
  • espouse

2. Take up and practice as one's own

    synonym:
  • adopt
  • ,
  • borrow
  • ,
  • take over
  • ,
  • take up

3. Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

  • "When will the new president assume office?"
    synonym:
  • assume
  • ,
  • adopt
  • ,
  • take on
  • ,
  • take over

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • assume
  • ,
  • acquire
  • ,
  • adopt
  • ,
  • take on
  • ,
  • take

5. Take into one's family

  • "They adopted two children from nicaragua"
    synonym:
  • adopt
  • ,
  • take in

6. Put into dramatic form

  • "Adopt a book for a screenplay"
    synonym:
  • dramatize
  • ,
  • dramatise
  • ,
  • adopt

7. Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

  • "She embraced catholicism"
  • "They adopted the jewish faith"
    synonym:
  • espouse
  • ,
  • embrace
  • ,
  • adopt
  • ,
  • sweep up

Examples of using

I can't adopt your view.
My wife wants to adopt a child.
Tom was hoping the committee would adopt his proposal.