adopt Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “adopt” - English Dictionary

"adopt" in American English

See all translations

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 British English

See all translations

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.
Compare

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of adopt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adopt" in Business English

See all translations

adoptverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈdɒpt/
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)
What is the pronunciation of adopt?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“adopt” in Business English

More meanings of “adopt”

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More