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adopt

a·dopt

adopt

 
pronunciation:
dapt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: adopted, adopting, adopts
definition 1: to take on as one's own (a manner, style, or point of view).
To disguise his hurt feelings, he adopted an air of indifference.Older children tend to adopt the manners of their peer group.
synonyms:
appropriate, assume
antonyms:
discard, reject, repudiate
similar words:
accept, acquire, affect, arrogate, borrow, embrace, espouse, strike, take, wear
definition 2: to become by law a parent of (a child who is not one's own offspring), or to accept responsibility for an animal as a pet.
They decided to adopt a child rather than having more of their own.We adopted a dog at the animal shelter.
 
similar words:
father, foster, mother, parent
definition 3: to accept by voting for.
Congress adopted the legislation in its last session.
synonyms:
approve, enact, pass
antonyms:
revoke
similar words:
back, endorse, ratify, sanction, 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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