Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of ADOPT

Pronunciation:  u'dâpt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
  2. [v]  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. [v]  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. [v]  put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
  5. [v]  take up and practice as one's own
  6. [v]  choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
  7. [v]  take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"

ADOPT is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: acquire, assume, assume, borrow, dramatise, dramatize, embrace, espouse, espouse, follow, sweep up, take in, take on, take on, take over, take over, take up
 See Also: accept, accept, adhere, change, choose, compose, fasten on, have, hook on, indite, latch on, pen, pick out, re-assume, resume, seize on, select, take, take, take office, take up, write



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*dopt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adopted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Adopting}.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf.
F. adopter. See {Option}.]
1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir,
   friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child
   of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own

2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally;
   to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or
   policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accept, acculturate, acculturize, admit, affect, affiliate, Americanize, Anglicize, appropriate, approve, arrogate, assimilate, assume, carry, colonize, confer citizenship, conquer, copy, derive from, domesticate, embrace, encroach, enslave, espouse, go in for, go native, hog, imitate, indent, infringe, invade, jump a claim, make free with, make use of, mock, monopolize, naturalize, occupy, overrun, pass, pirate, plagiarize, play God, preempt, preoccupy, prepossess, pretend to, ratify, requisition, seize, simulate, sit on, squat on, steal, subjugate, take, take all of, take in, take it all, take on, take over, take possession of, take up, trespass, usurp