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Adopt appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • He emits it in a fat pod at summer: "A harem must adopt a fan; it is time, eh?"
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Definition of the verb adopt

What does adopt mean as a doing word?

Adopt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: adopted | adopting | adopts

  1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
  2. take up and practice as one's own
  3. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  4. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
    • example: he adopted an air of superiority
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of adopt: acquire / assume / take / take on
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific word: re-assume = take on again, as after a time lapse
  5. take into one's family
    • example: They adopted two children from Nicaragua
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of adopt: take in
    • more generic word: take = take into one's possession
  6. put into dramatic form
  7. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

Alternative definition of the verb adopt


  1. [transitive] To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; especially to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.
  2. [transitive] To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

Phrases with adopt

  1. Adopt Out
  2. to adopt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adopt

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Google previewCritically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology (2013)

An Introductory Guide by Guy Gibbon

While goals, research strategies, and rationales may seem like airy, abstract topics, understanding the agendas archaeologists adopt is an essential endeavor in understanding what you read when you pick up a book or an article written by an ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Kalispel or Flat-head Indian language, compiled by the missionaries of the Society of Jesus [or rather by J. Giorda (1879)

by Joseph Giorda


Google previewEncyclopedia of Disaster Relief (2010)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler

Earlier theories focused on cognitive or behavioral processes, and more recent theories adopt an integrated approach.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English and Singhalese, and Singhalese and English Languages (1821)

Under the Patronage of the Government of Ceylon by Benjamin Clough

coty - Adopt, v. a. 3 ozoo'enso, * & endo; to adopt a child, e&acoocyt & socceasots) $)0;to adopt an opinion, ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 4 Volume Set (2016)

by Constance L. Shehan

While income, employment history, and residence are some of the other criteria that are taken into consideration when determining whether or not someone can adopt, marital status is one of the major considerations, besides age, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking (2005)

by Pagani, Margherita

Firm size is also a key adoption factor; prior research suggests that smaller firms may be less likely to adopt e-commerce (Teo & Pian, 2003). For small firms that adopt information technologies, prior research identifies individual factors (within ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition (2014)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Several studies credit perceived compatibility as an important predictor to explain a consumer's decision to adopt m-payment services. The perceived compatibility refers to the degree to which adopters perceived an innovation to be consistent ...

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Usage statistics about adopt

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Adopt A Skein Today

Many sit sad and lonely waiting for you to rescue them. Adopt one now and create the Forever Family that they so desperately desire.

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Small photo of Adopt a pupSmall photo of June is Adopt a cat month, background with message and adorable kittySmall photo of Homeless dog and carton with text ADOPT ME, outdoorsSmall photo of Adopt me please ... a black miniature schnauzer begging for a new home with his luggage with copy spaceSmall photo of The loneliness cat with a sign around his neck is on a meadow. It says " Adopt me! ".Small photo of Cubes with word ADOPT and figure in shape of family on color wooden background More...

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Quotes about adopt

I adopt skills, customs and fashions
Which all the people I think high adopt
To elevate myself to their level.
Dull cultures dissolve in brighter ones.
01.03.2009 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of A1D2O1P3T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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