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adopt
used in Middlemarch

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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
  • So far he will please his father, and I have promised in the mean time to try and reconcile Vincy to his son's adopting some other line of life.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (78% in)
  • Vincy not liking the lowering system adopted by him), he had many patients among their connections and acquaintances.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (79% in)
  • I cannot persuade you to adopt my regimen, Vincy?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (5% in)
  • This was an innovation for one who had chosen to adopt the style of general practitioner in a country town, and would be felt as offensive criticism by his professional brethren.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (24% in)
  • The work had been easier to define because Mr. Casaubon had adopted an immediate intention: there was to be a new Parergon, a small monograph on some lately traced indications concerning the Egyptian mysteries whereby certain assertions of Warburton's could be corrected.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (58% in)
  • Death and other striking dispositions, such as feminine trustfulness, had come; and Bulstrode would have adopted Cromwell's words—"Do you call these bare events?
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (82% in)
  • As to the first proceeding there is no solid ground to go upon, else Hawley would have adopted it; and as to opening the subject with Lydgate, I confess I should shrink from it.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (0% in)
  • Hence Mrs. Bulstrode was shown into the drawing-room, and Mrs. Hackbutt went to her, with more tightness of lip and rubbing of her hands than was usually observable in her, these being precautions adopted against freedom of speech.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (15% in)

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