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definition of the word adopt

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Latin adoptare; ad + optare (to choose, desire): compare French adopter. See option.

to adopt

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to adopt (third-person singular simple present adopts, present participle adopting, simple past and past participle adopted)

  1. (transitive) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. 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.
  2. (transitive) To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

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