Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad- 'to' + optare 'to choose'


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[intransitive and transitive] to take someone else's child into your home and legally become its parent [↪ foster (11)]:
Sally was adopted when she was four.
The couple are unable to have children of their own, but hope to adopt.

adopt an approach/policy/attitude etc

[transitive] 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.


[transitive] 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.


[transitive] to formally approve a proposal, amendment etc, especially by voting:
Congress finally adopted the law after a two-year debate.

name/country etc

[transitive] 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.


British EnglishPPV [transitive] to officially choose someone to represent a political party in an election
adopter noun [countable]
adoptee noun [countable]

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