adopt


adopt
verb (T)
1 CHILD to legally make another person's child part of your family so that he or she becomes one of your own children: My mother was adopted when she was four.
-compare foster 1 (1)
2 adopt an approach/strategy/policy to start to use a particular method or plan for dealing with something: The courts have been asked to adopt a more flexible approach to young offenders.
3 STYLE/MANNER to use a particular style of speaking, writing, or behaving, especially one that you do not usually use: "I can't say I blame him", Victor replied, adopting a more conciliatory tone. | Papers like this tend to adopt a very simple writing style.
4 ACCEPT A SUGGESTION to formally approve a proposal, especially by voting: They were trying to persuade the UN to adopt an aggressively anti-American resolution.
5 adopt a name/country to choose it to be your own: Italy is my adopted country.
6 ELECTION BrE to officially choose someone to represent a political party in an election

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • adopt — /ə däpt/ vt 1: to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one s own child esp. in compliance with formal legal procedures see also equitable adoption 2: to take or accept as if one s own [the company] adopt ed the signature on t …   Law dictionary

  • adopt — a‧dopt [əˈdɒpt ǁ əˈdɑːpt] noun [transitive] 1. if you adopt a new method, process etc, you start to use it: • All US companies are required to adopt the new standards. 2. MARKETING to start using a product, especially a new product, usually with… …   Financial and business terms

  • adopt — adopt; adopt·a·bil·i·ty; adopt·a·ble; re·adopt; …   English syllables

  • adopt — adopt, embrace, espouse mean in common to make one’s own what in some fashion one owes to another. One adopts something of which one is not the begetter, inventor, or author or which is not one’s own naturally {adopt the style of Swinburne}… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Adopt — A*dopt , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adopted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adopting}.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See {Option}.] 1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adopt — [v1] choose or take something as one’s own accept, adapt, affiliate, affirm, appropriate, approve, assent, assume, borrow, embrace, endorse, espouse, follow, go down the line*, go in for*, imitate, maintain, mimic, opt, ratify, seize, select,… …   New thesaurus

  • adopt — (v.) c.1500, a back formation from adoption or else from M.Fr. adopter or directly from L. adoptare take by choice, choose for oneself, select, choose (especially a child); see ADOPTION (Cf. adoption). Originally in English also of friends,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • adopt — ► VERB 1) legally take (another s child) and bring it up as one s own. 2) choose to take up or follow (an option or course of action). 3) Brit. choose as a candidate for office. 4) assume (an attitude or position). 5) formally approve or accept.… …   English terms dictionary

  • adopt — [ə däpt′] vt. [L adoptare < ad , to + optare, to choose] 1. to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif., to take into one s own family by legal process and raise as one s own child 2. to take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) …   English World dictionary

  • adopt — [[t]ədɒ̱pt[/t]] ♦♦ adopts, adopting, adopted 1) VERB If you adopt a new attitude, plan, or way of behaving, you begin to have it. [V n] The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling on all parties in the conflict to seek a… …   English dictionary

  • adopt — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad + optare to choose Date: 1500 transitive verb 1. to take by choice into a relationship; especially to take voluntarily (a child of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary