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Definition of adopt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adopt
    he / she / it adopts
    past simple adopted
    -ing form adopting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to take someone else's child into your family and become its legal parent(s) a campaign to encourage childless couples to adopt adopt somebody to adopt a child Topic CollocationsChildrenhaving a baby/child want (to have) a baby/a child/children/kids start a family conceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/child miss your period become/get/ be/find out that you are pregnant have a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a family have a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult birth/labor be in/go into/induce labor have/suffer/cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/a baby/a daughter/a son/twinsparenting bring up/raise a child/a family care for/watch a baby/child/kid change a diaper/a baby nurse/feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leave go back/return to work after maternity leave need/find/get a babysitter/high-quality, affordable childcare/a nanny balance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family (life) educate/teach/home-school a child/a kid/children punish/discipline/spoil a child/a kid/children adopt/foster a baby/a child/a kid/children offer a baby for/put a baby up for adoption be placed with/be raised by foster parents compare foster
  2. method
  3. 2[transitive] adopt something to start to use a particular method or to show a particular attitude toward someone or something All three teams adopted different approaches to the problem.
  4. suggestion
  5. 3[transitive] adopt something to formally accept a suggestion or policy by voting to adopt a resolution The council is expected to adopt the new policy at its next meeting.
  6. new name/country
  7. 4[transitive] adopt something to choose a new name, a country, a custom, etc. and begin to use it as your own to adopt a name/title/language Early settlers adopted many of the farming methods of the Native Americans.
  8. way of behaving
  9. 5[transitive] adopt something (formal) to use a particular manner, way of speaking, expression, etc. He adopted an air of indifference.
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