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- (transitive, with relationship specified) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.
- (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.
- A friend of mine recently adopted a Chinese baby girl found on the streets of Beijing.
- (transitive, with relationship implied by context) To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.
- We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.
- (transitive, with relationship implied by context) To take by choice into the scope of one's responsibility.
- This supermarket chain adopts several families every Yuletide, providing them with money and groceries for the holidays.
- (transitive) To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.
He adopted a new look in order to fit in with his new workmates.
2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times:
- (transitive) To select and take or approve.
- to adopt the view or policy of another
- These resolutions were adopted.
to take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen
to take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally
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