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adopt
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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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
  • I adopt all your habits here: I've grown fond of going to the public baths, would you believe it? and I go and steam myself with merchants and priests.
    Book 11 — Ivan (81% in)
  • He was simply an early lover of humanity, and that he adopted the monastic life was simply because at that time it struck him, so to say, as the ideal escape for his soul struggling from the darkness of worldly wickedness to the light of love.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (43% in)
  • Now, on the other side, take the Church's own view of crime: is it not bound to renounce the present almost pagan attitude, and to change from a mechanical cutting off of its tainted member for the preservation of society, as at present, into completely and honestly adopting the idea of the regeneration of the man, of his reformation and salvation?"
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (51% in)
  • The townspeople were pleased at his adopting the foundling.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (12% in)
  • "It must be a sign from heaven," others hastened to add, and their opinion was adopted at once without protest.
    Book 7 — Alyosha (15% in)
  • At Fenya's first words, it had sprung from feeling, and been adopted in a flash, with all its consequences.
    Book 8 — Mitya (59% in)
  • "I know why I want to see him out here in the frost," Kolya cut him short in the despotic tone he was fond of adopting with "small boys," and Smurov ran to do his bidding.
    Book 10 — The Boys (35% in)
  • "My dear fellow, I've adopted a special method to-day, I'll explain it to you afterwards.
    Book 11 — Ivan (82% in)
  • And he was punished for that .... that is, you must excuse me, I am just repeating what I heard myself, it's only a legend .... he was sentenced to walk a quadrillion kilometers in the dark (we've adopted the metric system, you know) and when he has finished that quadrillion, the gates of heaven would be opened to him and he'll be forgiven—"
    Book 11 — Ivan (87% in)
  • For my part I wish the excellent and gifted young man every success; I trust that his youthful idealism and impulse towards the ideas of the people may never degenerate, as often happens, on the moral side into gloomy mysticism, and on the political into blind chauvinism—two elements which are even a greater menace to Russia than the premature decay, due to misunderstanding and gratuitous adoption of European ideas, from which his elder brother is suffering.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (43% in)

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