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Definition of 'adopt'


  1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
       Synonyms: follow espouse
  2. take up and practice as one's own
       Synonyms: borrow take over take up
  3. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"
       Synonyms: assume take on take over
  4. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
       Synonyms: assume acquire take on take
  5. take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
       Synonyms: take in
  6. put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
       Synonyms: dramatize dramatise
  7. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
       Synonyms: espouse embrace sweep up

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