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adopt
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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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
  • The motto which I adopted when I started from slavery was this—"Trust no man!"
    Chapter 11 (48% in)
  • It is due, however, to my mistress to say of her, that she did not adopt this course of treatment immediately.
    Chapter 7 (4% in)
  • _ The plan which I adopted, and the one by which I was most successful, was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street.
    Chapter 7 (22% in)
  • He came into possession of all his slaves by marriage; and of all men, adopted slaveholders are the worst.
    Chapter 9 (27% in)
  • For instance, the slaveholders not only like to see the slave drink of his own accord, but will adopt various plans to make him drunk.
    Chapter 10 (42% in)
  • The mode here adopted to disgust the slave with freedom, by allowing him to see only the abuse of it, is carried out in other things.
    Chapter 10 (44% in)
  • The same mode is sometimes adopted to make the slaves refrain from asking for more food than their regular allowance.
    Chapter 10 (45% in)
  • I would keep the merciless slaveholder profoundly ignorant of the means of flight adopted by the slave.
    Chapter 11 (10% in)
  • How I did so,—what means I adopted,—what direction I travelled, and by what mode of conveyance,—I must leave unexplained, for the reasons before mentioned.
    Chapter 11 (43% in)

There are no more uses of "adopt" in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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