- (transitive) 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.
Etymology: Latin adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See Option.
- A friend of mine recently adopted a Chinese baby girl found on the streets of Beijing.
- (transitive) 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.
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