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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 adopt /əˈdɑpt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·dopt v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adopted; p. pr. & vb. n. Adopting.]
 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.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies,
           strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist
           movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
           [syn: follow, espouse]
      2: take up and practice as one's own [syn: borrow, take over,
          take up]
      3: take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When
         will the new President assume office?" [syn: assume, take
         on, take over]
      4: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice
         took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he
         adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange
         manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these
         fables" [syn: assume, acquire, take on, take]
      5: take into one's family; "They adopted two children from
         Nicaragua" [syn: take in]
      6: put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
         [syn: dramatize, dramatise]
      7: take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone
         and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They
         adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: espouse, embrace, sweep