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adoptverb

uk   /əˈdɒpt/  us   /-ˈdɑːpt/

adopt verb (TAKE CHILD)

B2 [T or I] to legally take another person's child into your own family and take care of him or her as your own child: They've adopted a baby girl. She had the child adopted (= she gave her baby to someone else to take care of). They have no children of their own, but they're hoping to adopt.
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adopt verb (START USING)

B2 [T] to accept or start to use something new: I think it's time to adopt a different strategy in my dealings with him. The new tax would force companies to adopt energy-saving measures. He's adopted a remarkably light-hearted attitude towards the situation.

adopt verb (CHOOSE)

[T] to choose someone or something or take something as your own: Dr Kennedy has been adopted as the party's candidate for South Cambridge. [T] to start behaving in a particular way, especially by choice: Roz has adopted one or two funny mannerisms since she's been away.
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