adoptverbuk /əˈdɒpt/ us /əˈdɑːpt/
adopt verb (TAKE CHILD)
- It was a most fruitful discussion, with both sides agreeing to adopt a common policy.
- Since our research so far has not produced any answers to this problem, we need to adopt a different approach to it.
- We will have to adopt a more scientific approach in the future.
- Several governments have adopted tough new anti-terrorist legislation in the wake of the attacks.
- The budget proposal was adopted at the president's behest.
adopt verb (START USING)
adopt verb (CHOOSE)
- She tends to adopt a falsely cheerful tone when she's upset about something.
- to adopt a subservient role/position
- There is no English equivalent for 'bon appetit' so we have adopted the French expression.
- They have adopted local customs and tried to blend in with the community.
- The prime minister has adopted an inflexible position on immigration.