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verb adopt pronunciation in British English /əˈdɒpt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyadopt
he/she/itadopts
present participleadopting
past tenseadopted
past participleadopted
  1. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to take someone else's child into your family and legally make him or her your own child

    The couple are hoping to adopt a baby girl.

    He was 18 when he found out he had been adopted.

    See also  foster1 (sense 2)
  2. 3
    [transitive] to choose a country to live in as your home

    She has adopted Japan as her home.

  3. 4
    [transitive] British to choose someone to represent your political party in an election

    Kelly was adopted as the candidate for Bolton West.

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