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.
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.
adj 1: acquired as your own by free choice; "my adopted state"; "an
adoptive country" [syn: adoptive] [ant: native]
2: having been taken into a specific relationship; "an adopted