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adopt
used in Anna Karenina

13 uses
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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
  • He cured Countess Bezzubova, and she took such a fancy to him that she adopted him.
    Part Seven (62% in)
  • He who had been such a careful father, had from the end of that winter become peculiarly frigid to his son, and adopted to him just the same bantering tone he used with his wife.
    Part Two (71% in)
  • When this decision had been finally adopted, another weighty consideration occurred to Alexey Alexandrovitch in support of it.
    Part Three (39% in)
  • In adopting this course, I am not casting off a guilty wife, but giving her a chance of amendment; and, indeed, difficult as the task will be to me, I shall devote part of my energies to her reformation and salvation.
    Part Three (39% in)
  • "They've all adopted that manner.
    Part Three (53% in)
  • Betsy had said to Anna that she had adopted the pose of an innocent child, but when Anna saw her, she felt that this was not the truth.
    Part Three (54% in)
  • The delight he had experienced in the work itself, and the consequent greater intimacy with the peasants, the envy he felt of them, of their life, the desire to adopt that life, which had been to him that night not a dream but an intention, the execution of which he had thought out in detail —all this had so transformed his view of the farming of the land as he had managed it, that he could not take his former interest in it, and could not help seeing that unpleasant relation between...
    Part Three (72% in)
  • "Then what do you think?" he asked; "what system is one to adopt nowadays?"
    Part Three (82% in)
  • The relic of barbarism, the primitive commune with each guarantee for all, will disappear of itself; serfdom has been abolished—there remains nothing but free labor, and its forms are fixed and ready made, and must be adopted.
    Part Three (85% in)
  • "You would be glad," the lawyer, without lifting his eyes, responded, adopting, with a certain satisfaction, the tone of his client's remarks, "for me to lay before you all the methods by which you could secure what you desire?"
    Part Four (17% in)
  • "Kostya, what's the matter?" she asked, definitely adopting this familiar name as soon as the maid had gone out.
    Part Five (7% in)
  • And he made up his mind that next time he went shooting he would certainly adopt the same get-up.
    Part Six (20% in)
  • Adopted him?
    Part Seven (62% in)

There are no more uses of "adopt" in Anna Karenina.

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