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adopt
used in The Mysterious Benedict Society

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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
  • Oh, yes, it turns out Mr. Benedict adopted Number Two and Rhonda long ago.
    p. 483.2
  • When they realized this, their faces all adopted looks of surprise, then of intense curiosity.
    p. 99.2
  • Again as if in a dance, the Recruiters adopted different poses.
    p. 281.4
  • He adopted a shrewd expression, which, on S.Q., looked rather as if he had severe indigestion.
    p. 304.3
  • Here Mr. Curtain paused, his face adopting an expression of fond reverie.
    p. 380.1
  • This is a pressing question for all children who find themselves with a new parent, and so it was for Reynie, whose absence had impressed upon Miss Perumal how dear to her he was: At their reunion, she had lost no time asking what he might think of her adopting him.
    p. 476.9
  • Benedict is adopting Constance, eh?
    p. 482.8
  • Though Rhonda believes it's more apt to say they adopted him.
    p. 483.3
  • In fact, I think that's how Mr. Benedict put the question to Constance: 'Would you be willing to adopt us as your family?'
    p. 483.3

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