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.
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choose (part of speech: verb)
- In March 1775 he was a member of the Virginia Convention that convened at Richmond, where he proposed resolutions to adopt immediate measures of defence sufficient to repel any invasion by the mother country. - "Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution", L. Carroll Judson.
- Mary was long in considering which course it would be best for her helpless father, and best for herself, to adopt. - "The Two Destinies", Wilkie Collins.
- Wilt thou not adopt and take her under thy care?" - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.