Definition of adopt in English:

adopt

Pronunciation /əˈdäpt/ /əˈdɑpt/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own.

    • ‘there are many people eager to adopt a baby’
  • 2Choose to take up, follow, or use.

    ‘this approach has been adopted by many big banks’
    • ‘we wouldn't be surprised to see more small businesses adopt this technology’
    embrace, take on, acquire, affect, espouse, assume, appropriate, arrogate
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    1. 2.1Choose and move to (a country or city) as one's permanent place of residence.
  • 3Take on or assume (an attitude or position)

    • ‘he adopted a patronizing tone’
    1. 3.1British Choose (someone) as a candidate for office.
      • ‘she was recently adopted as Labour candidate for the constituency’
      choose, select, pick, pick out, vote for, elect, settle on, decide on, single out, plump for, opt for, name, nominate, designate, appoint
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    2. 3.2Formally approve or accept (a report or suggestion)
      • ‘the committee voted 5–1 to adopt the proposal’
      embrace, take on, acquire, affect, espouse, assume, appropriate, arrogate
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Origin

Late 15th century via French from Latin adoptare, from ad- ‘to’ + optare ‘choose’.