|Origin:||adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad- 'to' + optare 'to choose'|
a‧dopt S2 W2
to take someone else's child into your home and legally become its parent [↪ foster (11)]:
child[intransitive and transitive]
Sally was adopted when she was four.
The couple are unable to have children of their own, but hope to adopt.
to start to deal with or think about something in a particular way:
The courts were asked to adopt a more flexible approach to young offenders.
The store recently adopted a drug testing policy for all new employees.
California has adopted a tough stance on the issue.
to use a particular style of speaking, writing, or behaving, especially one that you do not usually use:
Kim adopts a southern accent when speaking to family back home.
to formally approve a proposal, amendment etc, especially by voting:
Congress finally adopted the law after a two-year debate.
to choose a new name, country, custom etc, especially to replace a previous one:
Stevens became a Muslim and adopted the name Yusuf Islam.
Becoming a member of a society means adopting its values.
to officially choose someone to represent a political party in an election
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—adopter noun [countable]
—adoptee noun [countable]