toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

adopt
used in In Cold Blood

6 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
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
  • No one understood why, for no one knew his history, other than that he was a vagabond Kenyon had adopted years ago.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (15% in)
  • While he was careful to avoid making a nuisance of his views, to adopt outside his realm an externally un-censoring manner, he enforced them within his family and among the employees at River Valley Farm.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (10% in)
  • When she had first appeared in Holcomb, a melancholy, imaginative child, willowy, wan and sensitive, then eight, a year younger than Nancy, the Clutters had so ardently adopted her that the fatherless little girl California soon came to seem a member of the family.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (26% in)
  • The police booked him as "Bob Turner"-a name he'd adopted because of being listed by the F.B.I. He spent fourteen days in jail, was fined ten dollars, and departed from Worcester on another wet November afternoon.
    2 — Persons Unknown (78% in)
  • He was the father of two sons, but the younger had died, a tragedy that greatly affected the parents and led them to adopt a small boy who had appeared in court as an abandoned, homeless child.
    4 — The Corner (15% in)
  • Sue, who had adopted another of Nancy's orphaned pets, a cat, wished she could give Babe a home, for she loved the old horse and knew how much Nancy had loved her.
    4 — The Corner (22% in)

There are no more uses of "adopt" in In Cold Blood.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®