Adopt

  • 1 adopt — /ə däpt/ vt 1: to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one s own child esp. in compliance with formal legal procedures see also equitable adoption 2: to take or accept as if one s own [the company] adopt ed the signature on t …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 adopt — a‧dopt [əˈdɒpt ǁ əˈdɑːpt] noun [transitive] 1. if you adopt a new method, process etc, you start to use it: • All US companies are required to adopt the new standards. 2. MARKETING to start using a product, especially a new product, usually with… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 adopt — adopt; adopt·a·bil·i·ty; adopt·a·ble; re·adopt; …

    English syllables

  • 4 adopt — adopt, embrace, espouse mean in common to make one’s own what in some fashion one owes to another. One adopts something of which one is not the begetter, inventor, or author or which is not one’s own naturally {adopt the style of Swinburne}… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 adopt — [v1] choose or take something as one’s own accept, adapt, affiliate, affirm, appropriate, approve, assent, assume, borrow, embrace, endorse, espouse, follow, go down the line*, go in for*, imitate, maintain, mimic, opt, ratify, seize, select,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 adopt — (v.) c.1500, a back formation from adoption or else from M.Fr. adopter or directly from L. adoptare take by choice, choose for oneself, select, choose (especially a child); see ADOPTION (Cf. adoption). Originally in English also of friends,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 adopt — ► VERB 1) legally take (another s child) and bring it up as one s own. 2) choose to take up or follow (an option or course of action). 3) Brit. choose as a candidate for office. 4) assume (an attitude or position). 5) formally approve or accept.… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 adopt — [ə däpt′] vt. [L adoptare < ad , to + optare, to choose] 1. to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif., to take into one s own family by legal process and raise as one s own child 2. to take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 adopt — [[t]ədɒ̱pt[/t]] ♦♦ adopts, adopting, adopted 1) VERB If you adopt a new attitude, plan, or way of behaving, you begin to have it. [V n] The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling on all parties in the conflict to seek a… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 adopt — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad + optare to choose Date: 1500 transitive verb 1. to take by choice into a relationship; especially to take voluntarily (a child of… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 adopt — 01. Profits in our company have risen by over 12 percent since we [adopted] our new sales strategy. 02. They decided to [adopt] a child after they realized they weren t able to have one of their own. 03. After many years of refusing pets in our… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 adopt — verb (T) 1 CHILD to legally make another person s child part of your family so that he or she becomes one of your own children: My mother was adopted when she was four. compare foster 1 (1) 2 adopt an approach/strategy/policy to start to use a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 adopt — adopter, n. /euh dopt /, v.t. 1. to choose or take as one s own; make one s own by selection or assent: to adopt a nickname. 2. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one s own child, specifically by a formal legal act. 3. to take or… …

    Universalium

  • 15 adopt — a|dopt W2S2 [əˈdɔpt US əˈda:pt] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(child)¦ 2 adopt an approach/policy/attitude etc 3¦(style/manner)¦ 4¦(law/rule)¦ 5¦(name/country etc)¦ 6¦(election)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 adopt */*/*/ — UK [əˈdɒpt] / US [əˈdɑpt] verb Word forms adopt : present tense I/you/we/they adopt he/she/it adopts present participle adopting past tense adopted past participle adopted 1) [transitive] to decide to start using a particular idea, plan, or… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 adopt — verb 1 child ADVERB ▪ legally ▪ The child has now been legally adopted. PHRASES ▪ have sb adopted ▪ She was forced to have her baby adopted. 2 take and use s …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 adopt — /əˈdɒpt / (say uh dopt) verb (t) 1. to choose for or take to oneself; make one s own by selection or assent: to adopt a name; to adopt an idea. 2. to take (a child born to someone else) to be legally your own child, specifically by a formal legal …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 adopt — verb /ʌˈdɑpt/ a) To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; especially to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, ones own child. A friend of mine recently adopted a Chinese baby …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 adopt — v. (D; tr.) to adopt as (they adopted the child as their heir) * * * [ə dɒpt] (D; tr.) to adopt as (they adopted the child as their heir) …

    Combinatory dictionary