Adopt appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):
- He emits it in a fat pod at summer: "A harem must adopt a fan; it is time, eh?"
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Definition of the verb adopt
What does adopt mean as a doing word?
Adopt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.
verb - inflections: adopted | adopting | adopts
- choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula Verbs with the same syntax [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] Soon, the new President will assume office Adopt Verbs: assume, take on, take over [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] They elected John Verbs with Predicative Complements: appoint, coronate, crown, designate, elect, install, mark, name, nominate, ordain, proclaim, reelect, upgrade, want [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause] We elected him as governor [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate, not sentential clause] We elected Alan to be our new governor [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate] We elected him governor [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing] He characterized him as being smart Verbs with Predicative Complements: bill, cast, certify, class, classify, count, depict, detail, diagnose, envision, hail, interpret, judge, paint, peg, perceive, picture, pigeonhole, praise, rank, recast, regard, select, specify, stereotype, take, treat, typecast [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause] He characterized him to be smart [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause] He characterized him as smart
- lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
- synonyms of adopt: espouse / follow
- more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
- more specific words: adhere / stick = be a devoted follower or supporter
- take up and practice as one's own
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula Verbs with the same syntax [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] They elected John [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause] We elected him as governor [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate, not sentential clause] We elected Alan to be our new governor [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate] We elected him governor [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing] He characterized him as being smart [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause] He characterized him to be smart [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause] He characterized him as smart
- lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
- synonyms of adopt: borrow / take over / take up
- more generic words: accept / have / take = receive willingly something given or offered
- take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
- take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
- example: he adopted an air of superiority
- lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
- synonyms of adopt: acquire / assume / take / take on
- more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
- more specific word: re-assume = take on again, as after a time lapse
- take into one's family
- put into dramatic form
- examples: adopt a book for a screenplay | Did he adopt his major works over a short period of time?
- domain: authorship / composition / penning / writing
- lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
- synonyms of adopt: dramatise / dramatize
- more generic words: compose / indite / pen / write = produce a literary work
- take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
- example: They adopted the Jewish faith
- syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
- lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
- synonyms of adopt: embrace / espouse / sweep up
- more generic word: accept = consider or hold as true
- more specific terms: fasten on / latch on / seize on / hook on / take up = adopt
Alternative definition of the verb adopt
- [transitive] To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; especially to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.
- [transitive] 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.
Phrases with adopt
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adopt
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The Frustrating Knot of Europe by Giuseppe Martinico
The right conflict rule or set of conflict rules for a national judge to adopt is the one that is best calculated to produce the best solutions to realise the ideals underlying legal practice in the European Union and ...
by Adam Miklosi
Generally, the best strategy to adopt is that after providing a definition on the respective grouping variable, one aims to include several breeds in each group represented by 5 to 20 individual dogs per breed. Depending on the categorization ...
Master the Clerical Exams (2010)
ADOPT means to choose and decide to use something, which is the opposite of discard. The correct answer is (C). EFFORT means mental or physical energy or exertion. The correct answer is (D). HABITUAL means something done frequently ...
by Teresa L. Thompson
Individuals will be more likely to adopt an innovation when they are able to see it in action prior to adoption. Overall, when an innovation has a clear relative advantage, is compatible within the social system, is not complex, and individuals ...
by Constance L. Shehan
While income, employment history, and residence are some of the other criteria that are taken into consideration when determining whether or not someone can adopt, marital status is one of the major considerations, besides age, ...
A dictionary of the Kalispel or Flat-head Indian language, compiled by the missionaries of the Society of Jesus [or rather by J. Giorda (1879)
by Joseph Giorda
by Abraham Pizam
The diffusion of innovations is the aggregate of the individual adoption process whereby an individual passes from knowledge to formation of an attitude, to a decision to adopt or reject, to implementation of the new idea, and to confirmation of ...
Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1896)
by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft
Petition by Person Seeking to Adopt Child. Form No. 661 . In the County Court of Coif ax county, Nebraska. In the matter of the adoption ) of Samuel Short, an infant. \ To yohn Marshall, County Judge in and for said county: Now come John Doe ...
by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland
Right to Adopt. — The Stock Exchange, in common with other voluntary associations, has a right to adopt a constitution and by-laws,and to make such rules and regulations concerning the conduct of its business as it may see fit, provided there ...
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Usage statistics about adopt
The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.
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The Washington Humane Society on New York Avenue, NE in Washington, D.C.
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- Adopt A Skein Today
Many sit sad and lonely waiting for you to rescue them. Adopt one now and create the Forever Family that they so desperately desire.
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- Adopt Meaning
Video shows what adopt means. To take by choice into relationship, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.. To take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place ...
- Adopt a language Christ Embassy Manchester
Adopt a language is a program organised by Christ Embassy aimed at translating the word of God into languages of different nations. This was celebrated in all ...
- Corporates should adopt local language
Interview with A.V. Rajaganeshamurthy, Sr Manager (Engineering), IOC, Chennai. September 7, 2008, 1.15 pm.
- Adopt A language Launch UK zone2
- Adopt, Adapt, Create - an ESL Teacher's tip
- ADOPT TO ANY LANGUAGE
- Dictionary: Adopt
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Scrabble value of A1D2O1P3T1
The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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