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.
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,
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