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Meaning of adopt

a•dopt

Pronunciation: (u-dopt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent: to adopt a nickname.
  2. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.
  3. to take or receive into any kind of new relationship: to adopt a person as a protégé.
  4. to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course.
  5. to vote to accept: The House adopted the report.
  6. to accept or act in accordance with (a plan, principle, etc.).
  7. adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption: The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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