Definition of adopt in English:

adopt

Syllabification: a·dopt
Pronunciation: /əˈdäpt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Legally take another’s child and bring it up as one’s own: there are many people eager to adopt a baby
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    • Such couples may have to wait a number of years before they can legally adopt a child.
    • About 4,939 Russian children are legally adopted by foreigners each year, but 184,000 still languish in orphanages.
    • We can legally marry and adopt children in every jurisdiction.
    Synonyms
    take as one's child, be adoptive parents to, take in, take care of
  • 1.1Take up or start to use or follow (an idea, method, or course of action): this approach has been adopted by many big banks
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    • Until that time, sauces followed the Roman method adopted by Taillevent: where thick pieces of stale bread were soaked in liquid and then strained through cloth.
    • I agree that this was an option and not obligatory, but most consulting engineers chose to adopt this method, as it satisfied the needs for the brief and avoided the need for dimensioning the drawings.
    • A few astrologers have chosen to adopt a third method of division.
  • 1.2Take on or assume (an attitude or position): he adopted a patronizing tone adopt a slightly knees-bent position
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    • No matter what the Court may announce on Monday, it will not be adopting this extreme position.
    • Like much of continental philosophy, feminist continental philosophy adopts a critical position with regard to reason.
    • She is an antireductionist - a position sometimes adopted by those who dislike what they perceive to be the direction of modern genetics.
  • 1.3 (adopt someone as) Choose someone to receive special recognition: at least 23 people adopted as “prisoners of conscience” remain in jail
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    • The local Tory party in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross was due yesterday to take a decision on whether to adopt him as a candidate.
    • After coming joint top of the civil service exam, he joined the sector in 1946, only to resign the following year when he was adopted as the Parliamentary candidate for Bexley.
    • In 1921 he was adopted as a Labour candidate for Battersea North.
    Synonyms
    choose, select, pick, vote for, elect, settle on, decide on, opt for; name, nominate, appoint
  • 1.4Formally approve or accept (a report or suggestion): the committee voted 5-1 to adopt the proposal
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    • It was agreed to adopt the report outlining the proposals as the basis for consultation with interested parties.
    • The committee unanimously voted to adopt the report and take the first steps towards implementing some of the suggestions.
    • The report was yesterday adopted by all senators with the Opposition fully in support of its contents and the eventual conclusion.
  • 1.5Choose (a textbook) as standard or required for a course of study.
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    • We need professors to adopt our books as textbooks.
    • Interestingly, none of the programs has adopted textbooks to form the core of its instructional program.
    • He published a widely adopted graduate-level textbook on research methodology in 1995 after years of teaching and study of that subject matter.
  • 1.6Choose (an animal) to become a house pet: the best way to know a dog’s traits is to adopt a mature dog
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    • All too often, unsuspecting animal lovers adopt a new pet, only to have it react violently or uncontrollably.
    • For an older person worried that a young pet's life expectancy would be much longer than their own, a mature dog or cat adopted from an animal sanctuary can be a happy, and perhaps a health promoting, companion.
    • Just days before she was going to be put down, my husband and I went into animal control with the money and paperwork needed to adopt this beautiful dog.
  • 1.7(Of a local authority) accept responsibility for the maintenance of (a road).
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    • A Wiltshire County Council spokesman said plans were in hand for the council to adopt the road as a highway in a year's time.
    • The Council has sent out letters telling residents that the Council are going to adopt the roads, but we, the residents, are being asked to pay to bring the roads up to standard before they get adopted.
    • The roads were adopted by the county council in 1964, but she stated that she did not believe the council had carried out its responsibilities of maintaining the roads and paths.

Derivatives

adoptable

adjective
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  • The methods and institutions and ethos of science that arose in the West at the time of the ‘scientific revolution’ proved to be the most exportable and universally adoptable products of civilisation.
  • I do, however, note that the evidence is that the child is adoptable and that there would be no difficulty in finding appropriate adoptive parents.
  • Under this general law, for instance, one way babies become adoptable is by the consent of their biological parents.

adoptee

noun
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  • There are about six million adoptees in the United States.
  • Counselling would be available to adult adoptees, foster children, birth families and adoptive families, the report says.
  • Karen has already interviewed about 40 adoptees but is hoping to speak to more before holding a seminar in November.

adopter

noun
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  • ‘This is the room we use for handing over babies to adopters,’ Laurelie Gray, supervisor of the unit, said.
  • Sue has interviewed birth mothers, adopted people, adopters and social workers to put together a history of adoption over the last century.
  • Prospective adopters need not be perfect, but do need to be open-minded, honest, flexible and see the process from the child's perspective.

Origin

late 15th century: via French from Latin adoptare, from ad- 'to' + optare 'choose'.

Usage

See adapt (usage).

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