adopt adopt  /ə ˈdɑpt/


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

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  1. As more Chinese are adopting and with new restrictions in place on which foreigners can adopt, American adoption of Chinese children has dropped by half in the past three years.
  2. The battle between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow spotlights the triumphs and traumas of large adoptive families.
  3. In the world of adoption, where healthy white infants are hotly pursued, a burgeoning group of.


  1. PRINCETON: Town ready to adopt $61 million budget

    The Princeton Council was scheduled Monday to adopt a $61 million budget that lowers taxes by around $135 on average, the first budget of the consolidated government.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Princeton Packet

  2. Adopt us for June 9

    ADOPT US Tree will be an ideal pet for any family. He is a friendly 4-year-old and loves to rub his head against people. Tree and his brother came to us when their family developed allergies.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Bluffton Today

  3. Adopt a cat

    By Tribune-Review Adopt a cat June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and Animal Protectors of the Allegheny Valley, your local no-kill shelter, has many adorable ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News


  1. Goode added: "I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of...
    on Dec 20, 2006 By: Virgil Goode Source: USA Today

  2. "And I urge other leaders to follow the President's lead and other countries to follow the US lead, to adopt much tougher sanctions against Iran, primarily those directed against its energy sector," he added.
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Benjamin Netanyahu Source: Aysor

  3. "They (the Chinese) have a security interest in not seeing complete chaos on the Korean Peninsula ...... So when they adopt a posture of restraint, I understand their thinking," he told reporters. "But I think there's a difference between...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: The Korea Herald

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