adopt VERB 1) legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own. 2) choose to take up or follow (an option or course of action). 3) Brit. choose as a candidate for office. 4) assume (an attitude or position). 5) formally approve or accept.
DERIVATIVES adoptable adjective adoptee noun adopter noun adoption noun.
ORIGIN Latin adoptare, from optare 'choose' .

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