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Definition to take on as one's own
The exact meaning of adopt depends upon its context. For example:
  • "adopt a child" — to legally take on parental responsibilities for another person's child
  • "adopt a plan" — to accept or begin to use something
  • "adopt a pet" — to take in a pet — especially one from an animal shelter
  • "Congress adopted the resolution." — had a formal vote and passed
  • "adopted a confident attitude" — took on or displayed
  • The country adopted the metric system.
adopted = took on as its own
  • We adopted Emma.
  • adopted = legally took on parental responsibilities for another person's child
  • We adopted our dog from the animal shelter.
  • adopted = took on as our own
  • She overcame her fears and adopted a confident attitude.
  • adopted = took on as her own; or displayed
  • My grandparents adopted the American method of having one family name.
  • adopted = took as their own
  • And they were my real brothers, not just sort of adopted ones.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • adopted = taken on
  • George, I know you will think I am not—or was not—respectable, but it was before I met you, and I had to give him up for adoption and I could hardly bear to think of it and—
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • adoption = the act of having someone other than the biological parents take on legal responsibilities of raising a child
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I haven't vet met Mike's adoptive parents, but Mike and I have spent a lot of time talking, and I've been thinking—
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • adoptive = having taken on legal responsibilities of raising a child conceived by someone else
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • In fact, I think that's how Mr. Benedict put the question to Constance: 'Would you be willing to adopt us as your family?'
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • We adopted him, your father and I. "You look tired and hungry," Ira said, taking his arm.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Cotton adopted Oz and me, and I showed equal love and affection to him and my mother.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Though Rhonda believes it's more apt to say they adopted him.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I refused to become a princess but adopted the titles of Court Linguist and Cook's Helper.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Oh, yes, it turns out Mr. Benedict adopted Number Two and Rhonda long ago.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I realized that although I have adopted a new country, I cannot forget China.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Blossom, trees; ripen, fields; be warm for them, suns; be fertile for them, planets: they are our adopted daughters, and they have come home.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • {5} This is the revised text adopted by Dr. Hawksworth (1766).
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • If this is the case and Captain Nemo still inhabits the ocean—his adopted country—may the hate be appeased in that fierce heart!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • They never adopted any of his ideas.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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