W2S2 [əˈdɔpt US əˈda:pt] v
2 adopt an approach/policy/attitude etc
5¦(name/country etc)¦
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: adopter, from Latin adoptare, from ad- 'to' + optare 'to choose']
1.) ¦(CHILD)¦ [I and T]
to take someone else's child into your home and legally become its parent
→↑foster (11)
Sally was adopted when she was four.
The couple are unable to have children of their own, but hope to adopt.
2.) adopt an approach/policy/attitude etc [T]
to start to deal with or think about something in a particular way
The courts were asked to adopt a more flexible approach to young offenders.
The store recently adopted a drug testing policy for all new employees.
California has adopted a tough stance on the issue.
3.) ¦(STYLE/MANNER)¦ [T]
to use a particular style of speaking, writing, or behaving, especially one that you do not usually use
Kim adopts a southern accent when speaking to family back home.
4.) ¦(LAW/RULE)¦ [T]
to formally approve a proposal, ↑amendment etc, especially by voting
Congress finally adopted the law after a two-year debate.
to choose a new name, country, custom etc, especially to replace a previous one
Stevens became a Muslim and adopted the name Yusuf Islam.
Becoming a member of a society means adopting its values.
6.) ¦(ELECTION)¦
BrE [T]
to officially choose someone to represent a political party in an election
>adopter n
>adoptee [əˌdɔpˈti: US əˌda:p-] n

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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