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English definition of “adopt”

adopt

verb [T or I] (TAKE CHILD)    /əˈdɒpt/ US  /-ˈdɑːpt/
B2 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 foster verbParenting and caring for children
(Definition of adopt verb (TAKE CHILD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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