WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
a•dopt /əˈdɑpt/USA pronunciation v. [+ object]
  1. to take up and use or practice:to adopt a nickname; adopt a wait-and-see attitude.
  2. to take and rear (the child of others) as one's own child, esp. by a formal legal act:to adopt a baby.
  3. to accept formally:The committee adopted the report.
a•dopt•a•bil•i•ty,n. [uncountable]
a•dopt•er,n.  [countable]See -opt-.

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adopt /əˈdɒpt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
  2. to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
  3. to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
  4. to take on; assume: to adopt a title
  5. to accept (a report, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to choose

ˌadopˈtee n aˈdoption n

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