verb \ə-ˈdäpt\

: to take a child of other parents legally as your own child

: to begin to use or have (a different manner, method, etc.)

: to begin to use (a name that is not your real or original name)

Full Definition of ADOPT

transitive verb
:  to take by choice into a relationship; especially :  to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child
:  to take up and practice or use <adopted a moderate tone>
:  to accept formally and put into effect <adopt a constitutional amendment>
:  to choose (a textbook) for required study in a course
:  to sponsor the care and maintenance of <adopt a highway>
intransitive verb
:  to adopt a child <couples choosing to adopt>
adopt·abil·i·ty \-ˌdäp-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
adopt·able \-ˈdäp-tə-bəl\ adjective
adopt·er noun

Origin of ADOPT

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad- + optare to choose
First Known Use: 1500

Synonym Discussion of ADOPT

adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature <forced to adopt new policies>. embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance <embraced the customs of their new homeland>. espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes <espoused the cause of women's rights>.

Rhymes with ADOPT

ADOPT Defined for Kids


verb \ə-ˈdäpt\

Definition of ADOPT for Kids

:  to legally take a child of other parents to raise
:  to take up as someone's own <After moving to Quebec, he adopted French as his language.>
:  to accept and put into action <The state adopted a law requiring drivers to wear seat belts.>


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