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Definition of Adopt


  1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.
  2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.

Adopt Quotations

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility.
Antonin Scalia

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde

School is where children spend most of their time, and it is where we lay the foundation for healthy habits. That's why New Jersey is the first state to adopt a comprehensive school nutrition policy that bans candy, soda, and other junk food.
Richard J. Codey

The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith.
Ronnie Musgrove
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Adopt Translations

adopt in Dutch is zich eigen maken, adopteren
adopt in French is adoptent, adopter, adoptez, adoptons
adopt in Italian is mi incarico, adottare, mi incarico
adopt in Latin is adopto
adopt in Portuguese is adoptar, adote
adopt in Spanish is adoptar, ahijar, emprender
adopt in Swedish is adoptera, anta
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