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  1. a·dopt
    IPA[əˈdäpt]
  2. verb

    • 1. legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own:

      there are many people eager to adopt a baby
    • 2. choose to take up, follow, or use:

      this approach has been adopted by many big banks we wouldn't be surprised to see more small businesses adopt this technology
      Synonym : embrace, take on, acquire, affect, espouse, assume, appropriate, arrogate, approve, endorse, agree to, consent to, accede to, accept, ratify, validate, rubber-stamp, sanction, support, back, vote for, give something the go ahead, give something the green light, give something the thumbs up, OK, okay
    • 3. choose and move to (a country or city) as one's permanent place of residence.

    • 4. take on or assume (an attitude or position):

      he adopted a patronizing tone
    • 5. choose (someone) as a candidate for office:

      she was recently adopted as Labour candidate for the constituency
      Synonym : choose, select, pick, pick out, vote for, elect, settle on, decide on, single out, plump for, opt for, name, nominate, designate, appoint
    • 6. formally approve or accept (a report or suggestion):

      the committee voted 5–1 to adopt the proposal
      Synonym : embrace, take on, acquire, affect, espouse, assume, appropriate, arrogate, approve, endorse, agree to, consent to, accede to, accept, ratify, validate, rubber-stamp, sanction, support, back, vote for, give something the go ahead, give something the green light, give something the thumbs up, OK, okay
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: adopt, 3rd person present: adopts, gerund or present participle: adopting, past tense: adopted, past participle: adopted

    • verb

      legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own:

      choose to take up, follow, or use:

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