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adopt
used in Sycamore Row

7 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
  • She died when I was three and somebody else adopted me.
    p. 424.9
  • Lettie was raised by Cypress and Clyde Tayber, but she was never legally adopted.
    p. 316.1
  • She was thirty years old before Cypress told her the truth about being adopted; in fact, Cypress never met Lettie's mother.
    p. 319.5
  • The truth was that Lettie had been unofficially adopted by Clyde and Cypress Tayber, after she had been abandoned more than once.
    p. 352.7
  • Portia continued, "My mother was sort of adopted by Cypress and her husband, and she was thirty years old before she knew the truth.
    p. 354.4
  • Lettie would be divorced; she could even adopt her old name.
    p. 382.8
  • At some point, and soon, Jake would inform Judge Atlee that Ancil Hubbard had been located, and verified, though the verification was shaky because the subject might change his mind at any moment and adopt another alias.
    p. 537.8

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