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verb [with object]
legally take another’s child and bring it up as one’s own:there are many people eager to adopt a baby take up or start to use or follow (an idea, method, or course of action):this approach has been adopted by many big banks take on or assume (an attitude or position):he adopted a patronizing tone adopt a slightly knees-bent position
(adopt someone as
) choose someone to receive special recognition:at least 23 people adopted as “prisoners of conscience” remain in jail
formally approve or accept (a report or suggestion):the committee voted 5-1 to adopt the proposal choose (a textbook) as standard or required for a course of study. choose (an animal) to become a house pet:the best way to know a dog’s traits is to adopt a mature dog (of a local authority) accept responsibility for the maintenance of (a road).