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

 

Hyponyms: re-assume, take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize on, adhere, stick, resume

 

Grouped Verbs: comply, follow, abide by

 

Derivational Morphology: adoptee, adoption, adoptive parent, adopter, borrowing, embrace, bosom, dramatist, playwright, dramatization, dramatisation, play, drama, dramatic play, acceptance, acceptation, espousal, following, followers, assumption, laying claim

 

 
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