Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “adopt”

adopt

verb uk   /əˈdɒpt/ us    /-ˈdɑːpt/

adopt verb (TAKE CHILD)

B2 [T or I] to take another person's child into your own family and legally 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.
Compare

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.
(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of adopt?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “adopt”

Definitions of “adopt” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

fairy

an imaginary creature with magic powers, usually represented as a very small person with wings

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford​,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More