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adopt
used in Howards End

3 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
  • In spite of imagination and poetry—perhaps on account of them—she could sympathise with the technical attitude that Henry would adopt.
    Chapter 37 (94% in)
  • It is necessary to prepare for an examination, or a dinner-party, or a possible fall in the price of stock: those who attempt human relations must adopt another method, or fail.
    Chapter 7 (50% in)
  • Charles thought the habit laudable, though he did not intend to adopt it himself, whereas Margaret would have seen in it an almost culpable indifference to earthly fame.
    Chapter 11 (43% in)

There are no more uses of "adopt" in Howards End.

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