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adopt
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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
  • Tess, then, passed as a married woman, and he felt glad, even though she had not adopted his name.
    7 — Fulfilment (33% in)
  • Angel, in fact, rightly or wrongly (to adopt the safe phrase of evasive controversialists), preferred sermons in stones to sermons in churches and chapels on fine summer days.
    3 — The Rally (82% in)
  • The younger dairymaids, including Tess, breakfasted with their hair loose on Sunday mornings before building it up extra high for attending church, a style they could not adopt when milking with their heads against the cows.
    4 — The Consequence (39% in)

There are no more uses of "adopt" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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