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adopt

a·dopt

adopt

 
pronunciation:
dapt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: adopted, adopting, adopts
definition 1: to become a parent of (someone) by law, or to accept an animal as a pet and become responsible for it.
We adopted a baby, so now we have two children.They adopted a dog from the animal shelter.
 
similar words:
parent
definition 2: to accept in an official way, often by voting.
The city adopted a new traffic law.
synonyms:
approve, pass
similar words:
back, endorse, vote for
derivations: adoptable (adj.), adopter (n.)
adopt or adapt?
Adopt means to accept a new thing as your own. Adapt means to make changes because of a new purpose or situation.
Compare:
  • We adopted a puppy from the animal shelter.
  • The puppy soon adapted to its new home.
Word History
The English word adopt is from a Latin word adoptare that means "to choose for oneself" or "to choose as one's own." If you take away the prefix ad- from adoptare, the word optare is left. Optare means "to choose freely." Other English words that come from optare include "option" (a choice) and "opt" (choose).
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  • adopted:
    having been accepted by law.
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The word adopt contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
opt2 Latin root that means choose
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