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"adopt" in British English

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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 ​babygirl. 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 (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 ​startbehaving in a ​particular way, ​especially by ​choice: Roz has adopted one or two ​funnymannerisms since she's been away.

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(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adopt" in American English

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adoptverb

 us   /əˈdɑpt/
  • adopt verb (TAKE CHILD)

[I/T] to take another person’s ​childlegally 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 ​lawmeanscompanies will adopt energy-saving ​measures. [T] If an ​organization adopts a ​rule, it ​votes to ​accept it: The ​motion to ​increasefees was adopted.
(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"adopt" in Business English

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adoptverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈdɒpt/
to ​start to use a new ​method, ​system, ​law, etc.: Many ​Europeanbusinesses are now adopting a ​managementstyle closer to that of the US.adopt an approach/strategy/policy According to the inspector-general's ​report, the ​airlineindustryneeds to adopt a more consistent ​approach.adopt a measure/system/plan Companies involved in ​publictakeovers should adopt more ​stringentmeasures to ​investigateinformationleaks.adopt a resolution/regulation/solution The Security Council adopted a ​resolution promising ​economicaid to the ​region.
to ​start to use a new ​product or ​service: Large ​firmsleadsmallfirms in ​terms of adopting ​e-commerce.
(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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