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verb adopt pronunciation in British English /əˈdɒpt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleadopting
past tenseadopted
past participleadopted
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to decide to start using a particular idea, plan, or method
    He decided to adopt a more radical approach to the problem.
    1. a.
      to formally accept a proposal, usually by voting
      Parliament unanimously adopted the committee’s proposals.
    2. b.
      to start using a particular way of speaking, thinking, or behaving that is not the one you usually use
      When questioned, he adopted a very aggressive attitude.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to take someone elses 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.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to choose a country to live in as your home
    She has adopted Japan as her home.
  4. 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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