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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

  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
    • 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
  5. take into one's family
    • example: They adopted two children from Nicaragua
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of adopt: take in
    • more generic word: take = take into one's possession
  6. put into dramatic form
  7. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

Alternative definition of the verb adopt


  1. [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.
  2. [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

  1. Adopt Out
  2. to adopt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adopt

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Google previewThe Tangled Complexity of the EU Constitutional Process (2012)

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 ...

Google previewDog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (2014)

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 ...

Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Communication (2014)

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 ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 4 Volume Set (2016)

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, ...

Google previewA 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


Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management 2nd Edition (2012)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia 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 ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1893)

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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This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them. (Bertrand Russell)
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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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