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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To take into one's family.

Usage examples (39)
  • Cats don't adopt people; they adopt refrigerators.
  • adopt a book for a screenplay
  • The spirit we ought to adopt is to look for the best, and not for faults and failings.
  • Why would we adopt a Latin word meaning baby to describe what we already know is a baby in formation? for more
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  • When some people are asked to "adapt" (or adjust) to new circumstances, they prove that they are more "adept" (more than capable; expert) than others. To "adopt" means to take into one's family.
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