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verb (v)

  • choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans (verb.possession)
    Synonym: espouse, follow
    source: wordnet30
  • take up and practice as one's own (verb.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities (
    source: wordnet30
  • take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect (verb.change)
    Synonym: acquire, assume, take, take on
    He adopted an air of superiority.
    source: wordnet30
  • take into one's family (verb.change)
    Synonym: take in
    They adopted two children from Nicaragua.
    source: wordnet30
  • put into dramatic form (verb.creation)
    Synonym: dramatise, dramatize
    Adopt a book for a screenplay.
    source: wordnet30
  • take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own (verb.cognition)
    They adopted the Jewish faith.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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 child. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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