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a•dopt /əˈdɑpt/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•dopt•a•bil•i•ty, n. [uncountable]
a•dopt•er, n. [countable]See -opt-.
- to take up and use or practice:to adopt a nickname; adopt a wait-and-see attitude.
- to take and rear (the child of others) as one's own child, esp. by a formal legal act:to adopt a baby.
- to accept formally:The committee adopted the report.
(ə dopt′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to choose or take as one's own;
make one's own by selection or assent:to adopt a nickname.
- to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.
- to take or receive into any kind of new relationship:to adopt a person as a protégé.
- to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course.
- to vote to accept:The House adopted the report.
- to accept or act in accordance with (a plan, principle, etc.).
- adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption:The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.
- Latin adoptāre, equivalent. to ad- ad- + optāre to opt
- Middle French adopter)
- ( 1490–1500
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adopt /əˈdɒpt/ vb (transitive)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to chooseˌadopˈtee n aˈdoption n
- to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
- to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
- to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
- to take on; assume: to adopt a title
- to accept (a report, etc)
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