Definitions of adopt

  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 child.
  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.
  3. To choose or take to be one's own, as a child or an idea.
  4. To choose: to take as one's own what is another's, as a child, etc.
  5. To choose; take for one's own; take as one's child.
  6. To accept as one's own.
  7. 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"
  8. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; " When will the new President assume office?"
  9. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; " She embraced Catholocism"; " They adopted the Jewish faith"
  10. take up and practice as one's own
  11. To assume the legal relationship of parent to another person's child. See also adoption. To approve or accept something -- for example, a legislative body may adopt a law or an amendment, a government agency may adopt a regulation or a party to a lawsuit may adopt a particular argument.
  12. To receive and regard the child of another as one's own; to embrace, assume as one's own.
  13. To take or receive as one's own what is not naturally so- as a person, a thing, an opinion; to choose.