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adopt

verb  us   /əˈdɑpt/

adopt verb (TAKE CHILD)

[I/T] to take another person’s child legally into your own family to raise as your own child: [T] They adopted Raphael last September.

adopt verb (START)

[T] to accept or begin to use something: The new law means companies will adopt energy-saving measures. [T] If an organization adopts a rule, it votes to accept it: The motion to increase fees was adopted.
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