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adopt
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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
  • Our good, upright Tom Tulliver's mind was of this class; his inward criticism of his father's faults did not prevent him from adopting his father's prejudice; it was a prejudice against a man of lax principle and lax life, and it was a meeting-point for all the disappointed feelings of family and personal pride.
    6.12 — Book 6 Chapter 12 — A Family Party (93% in)
  • And Mr. Glegg was just as fond of saving other people's money as his own; he would have ridden as far round to avoid a turnpike when his expenses were to be paid for him, as when they were to come out of his own pocket, and was quite zealous in trying to induce indifferent acquaintances to adopt a cheap substitute for blacking.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (51% in)
  • If we only look far enough off for the consequence of our actions, we can always find some point in the combination of results by which those actions can be justified; by adopting the point of view of a Providence who arranges results, or of a philosopher who traces them, we shall find it possible to obtain perfect complacency in choosing to do what is most agreeable to us in the present moment.
    5.3 — Book 5 Chapter 3 — The Wavering Balance (81% in)
  • Let a prejudice be bequeathed, carried in the air, adopted by hearsay, caught in through the eye,—however it may come, these minds will give it a habitation; it is something to assert strongly and bravely, something to fill up the void of spontaneous ideas, something to impose on others with the authority of conscious right; it is at once a staff and a baton.
    6.12 — Book 6 Chapter 12 — A Family Party (90% in)

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