adopt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad + optare ‎(to choose, desire).

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Verb[edit]

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.
    A friend of mine recently adopted a Chinese baby girl found on the streets of Beijing.
  3. (transitive, with relationship implied by context) To obtain (a pet) from a shelter or the wild.
    We're going to adopt a Dalmatian.
  4. (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.
  5. (transitive) To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally.(Can we add an example for this sense?)
    • 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[1]:
      [S]he [Edwina, mother of Tennessee Williams] was indeed Amanda [Wingfield, character in Williams' play The Glass Menagerie] in the flesh: a doughty chatterbox from Ohio who adopted the manner of a Southern belle and eschewed both drink and sex to the greatest extent possible.
  6. (transitive) To select and take or approve.
    to adopt the view or policy of another
    These resolutions were adopted.

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