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 adopt adopt

verb

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


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