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ADOPT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adopt mean? 

ADOPT (verb)
  The verb ADOPT has 7 senses:

1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
2. take up and practice as one's own
3. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
4. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
5. take into one's family
6. put into dramatic form
7. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

  Familiarity information: ADOPT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADOPT (verb)


Sense 1adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

espouse; adopt; follow

Context examples:

She followed the feminist movement / The candidate espouses Republican ideals

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adopt"):

adhere; stick (be a devoted follower or supporter)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take up and practice as one's own

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

adopt; borrow; take up; take over

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

accept; have; take (receive willingly something given or offered)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 3adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

assume; take on; take over; adopt

Context example:

When will the new President assume office?

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

take office (assume an office, duty, or title)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adopt"):

resume (assume anew)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

take on; acquire; assume; adopt; take

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adopt"):

re-assume (take on again, as after a time lapse)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take into one's family

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

adopt; take in

Context example:

They adopted two children from Nicaragua

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

take (take into one's possession)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 6adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put into dramatic form

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

dramatize; dramatise; adopt

Context example:

adopt a book for a screenplay

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

compose; indite; pen; write (produce a literary work)

Domain category:

authorship; composition; penning; writing (the act of creating written works)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he adopt his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 7adopt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

sweep up; embrace; espouse; adopt

Context examples:

She embraced Catholicism / They adopted the Jewish faith

Hypernyms (to "adopt" is one way to...):

accept (consider or hold as true)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "adopt"):

fasten on; hook on; latch on; seize on; take up (adopt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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