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’
- 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’
- 3.1British Choose (someone) as a candidate for office.
choose, select, pick, pick out, vote for, elect, settle on, decide on, single out, plump for, opt for, name, nominate, designate, appointView synonyms
- ‘she was recently adopted as Labour candidate for the constituency’
- 3.2Formally approve or accept (a report or suggestion)
- ‘the committee voted 5–1 to adopt the proposal’
Late 15th century via French from Latin adoptare, from ad- ‘to’ + optare ‘choose’.
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