adopt Definition

  • 1to legally take another person's child into your own family and take care of him or her as your own child
  • 2to start to use a particular method or to show a particular attitude towards something
  • 3to choose or take on a particular name, title, or role

Using adopt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "adopt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    They decided to adopt a child from overseas.

  • Example

    The company has adopted a new policy on employee benefits.

  • Example

    He adopted a new persona when he moved to the city.

  • Example

    She was adopted by her grandparents after her parents passed away.

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    The committee voted to adopt the proposal.

adopt Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for adopt

Antonyms for adopt

Phrases with adopt

  • adopt a pet

    to take an animal from a shelter or rescue organization and make it a part of your family


    We decided to adopt a dog from the local animal shelter.

  • to volunteer to clean up litter along a designated stretch of road


    Our community group has adopted a highway and we do regular cleanups.

  • adopt a wait-and-see approach

    to delay making a decision until more information is available


    The company has decided to adopt a wait-and-see approach before investing in the new technology.

Origins of adopt

from Old French 'adopter', from Latin 'adoptare', from 'ad-' ('to') + 'optare' ('choose')


Summary: adopt in Brief

To 'adopt' [əˈdɒpt] means to legally take someone else's child into your own family, to start using a particular method or attitude, or to choose a particular name, title, or role. Examples include 'They decided to adopt a child from overseas' and 'The company has adopted a new policy on employee benefits.' Phrases like 'adopt a pet' and 'adopt a highway' extend the meaning to taking in animals or volunteering for community service. 'Adopt a wait-and-see approach' suggests delaying a decision until more information is available.

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