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adoptverb

uk   /əˈdɒpt/ us   /əˈdɑːpt/
  • 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 (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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(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 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.
(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"adopt" in Business English

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adoptverb [T]

uk   /əˈdɒpt/ us  
to start to use a new method, system, law, etc.: Many European businesses are now adopting a management style closer to that of the US.adopt an approach/strategy/policy According to the inspector-general's report, the airline industry needs to adopt a more consistent approach.adopt a measure/system/plan Companies involved in public takeovers should adopt more stringent measures to investigate information leaks.adopt a resolution/regulation/solution The Security Council adopted a resolution promising economic aid to the region.
to start to use a new product or service: Large firms lead small firms in terms of adopting e-commerce.
(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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