Verb adopt Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adopt (third-person singular simple present adopts, present participle adopting, simple past and past participle adopted)

  1. (transitive, with relationship specified) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.
  2. (transitive, with relationship implied by context) To take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.
  3. (transitive, with relationship implied by context) To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.
  4. (transitive, with relationship implied by context) To take by choice into the scope of one's responsibility.
  5. (transitive) To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.
  6. (transitive) To select and take or approve.

More definition: choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent, to adopt a nickname. take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act. take or receive into any kind of new relationship, to adopt a person as a protégé. select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course. vote to accept, The House adopted the report. accept or act in accordance with (a plan, principle, etc.).

7.adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption, The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.

1. (law) 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) Derived Formsadoptee, nounadopter, nounadoption, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to chooseCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1500, a back-formation from adoption or else from Middle French adopter or directly from Latin adoptare "take by choice, choose for oneself, select, choose" (especially a child). Originally in English also of friends, fathers, citizens, etc. Sense of "to legally take as one's own child" and that of "to embrace, espouse" a practice, method, etc. are from c.1600. Related, Adopted; adopting.


Why is it good when you adopt a baby that isn't yours, but bad if it's yours and you don't give birth to it?

It's hard to adopt an infant, and even if you do, the mother has the right to change her mind for six months.

Weekends were private time for all of us and we weren't sure if Howie would adopt the usual routine of doing our own thing.

It had been Alex who convinced her to take the risk and adopt Jonathan.

She had to adopt a positive attitude.

You can't adopt infants.

And then when you said you didn't want to adopt children, I thought I didn't have a right to ask you.

That's what Alex says, but I don't want to adopt a baby and then have the mother change her mind after we've learned to love it.

I thought ... but you were always the one who wanted to adopt a baby.

Anyway, it's something we should both consider before we adopt the baby.

It wouldn't hurt to adopt a more positive outlook.

The slower propagation of light in gas or water than in air or vacuum may be attributed to a greater density, or to a less rigidity, in the former case; or we may adopt the more complicated supposition that both these quantities vary, subject only to the condition which restricts the ratio of velocities to equality with the known refractive index.

Tritici, which lives encysted in ears of wheat), other species occasionally adopt the parasitic mode of existence, and become encysted in slugs, snails, &c.; (3) it has been experimentally proved that many normally parasitic genera are capable of leading a free existence;' (4) transitional forms exist which are free at one period of their life and parasitic at another.

Through the adoption of standardized treaties, they can enter into economic agreements, adopt the same weights and measures, and agree to honor the intellectual property of the others.

I would not have any one adopt my mode of living on any account; for, beside that before he has fairly learned it I may have found out another for myself, I desire that there may be as many different persons in the world as possible; but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father's or his mother's or his neighbor's instead.

He was himself carried away by the tone of magnanimity he intended to adopt toward Moscow.

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