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adopt
used in Atlas Shrugged

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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
  • There's one clique-the Ferris-Lawson-Meigs faction-that's been after me for over a year to adopt stronger measures.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (28% in)
  • Whereas, if you adopt a more co-operative attitude and agree to wait for a few years-
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (33% in)
  • And then we all adopted it as our particular emblem.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (10% in)
  • He added, "But you ought to start by adopting the right things from the people in Galt's Gulch, not their mistakes: they've spent twelve years worrying about me-needlessly."
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (5% in)
  • He had lost his property-it was said-when Chile, becoming a People's State, had nationalized all properties, except those belonging to citizens of backward, non-People's countries, such as Argentina; but he had adopted an enlightened attitude and had joined the new regime, placing himself in the service of his country.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (4% in)
  • Soybeans make an excellent substitute for bread, meat, cereals and coffee-and if all of us were compelled to adopt soybeans as our staple diet, it would solve the national food crisis and make it possible to feed more people.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (53% in)
  • We can't adopt an idealistic theory, which-"
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (28% in)

There are no more uses of "adopt" in Atlas Shrugged.

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