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Dictionary definition for: Adopt

1. (v) choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement" "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

2. (v) take up and practice as one''s own

3. (v) take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"

4. (v) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone" "The story took a new turn" "he adopted an air of superiority" "She assumed strange manners" "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"

5. (v) take into one''s family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"

6. (v) put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"

7. (v) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one''s own; "She embraced Catholocism" "They adopted the Jewish faith"

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