Adopted
Adopt A*dopt", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adopted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adopting}.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See {Option}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Adopted — A*dopt ed, a. Taken by adoption; taken up as one s own; as, an adopted son, citizen, country, word. {A*dopt ed*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adopted — adopted, adoptive The correct use of each word is as follows: a child is adopted and its parents are adoptive. The distinction has become eroded in recent usage, especially in extended uses with reference to countries, homes, etc …   Modern English usage

  • adopted — index assumed (feigned), preferred (favored), select Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • adopted — a|dopt|ed [əˈdɔptıd US əˈda:p ] adj 1.) an adopted child has been legally made part of a family that he or she was not born into ▪ his adopted son 2.) your adopted country is one that you have chosen to live in permanently …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • adopted — adjective 1 an adopted child has been legally made part of a family that he or she was not born into: his adopted son 2 your adopted country is one that you have chosen to live in permanently …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • adopted —   Hānai.    ♦ Adopted brother or sister, kaikua ana hānai, kaikaina hānai, kaikuahine hānai, kaikunāne hānai.    ♦ Adopted child, hānai, keiki hānai.    ♦ Legally adopted child, keiki hānai ho ohiki.    ♦ Siblings in the relationship may speak of …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • adopted — a|dopt|ed [ ə daptəd ] adjective 1. ) legally made a part of a family that is not your original family: Are both of their kids adopted? 2. ) someone s adopted country is the country they have chosen to live in and not the one they were born in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • adopted — UK [əˈdɒptɪd] / US [əˈdɑptəd] adjective 1) legally made a part of a family that is not your original family Are both of their children adopted? 2) someone s adopted country is the country they have chosen to live in and not the one they were born …   English dictionary

  • adopted — /əˈdɒptəd/ (say uh doptuhd) verb 1. past tense and past participle of adopt. –adjective 2. having become legally the child of a parent or parents who are not the birth parents. 3. in a familial relationship by virtue of adoption; adoptive: my… …   Australian English dictionary

  • adopted — See adopted, adoptive …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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