1. [ verb ] choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
Synonyms: follow espouse

"She followed the feminist movement" "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

Related terms: choose adhere comply conform_to adoption
2. [ verb ] take up and practice as one's own
Synonyms: borrow take_up take_over
Related terms: accept draw_on borrowing
3. [ verb ] take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
Synonyms: take assume take_on acquire

"His voice took on a sad tone" "The story took a new turn" "he adopted an air of superiority" "She assumed strange manners" "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"

Related terms: change re-assume
4. [ verb ] take into one's family
Synonyms: take_in

"They adopted two children from Nicaragua"

Related terms: take adoptee
5. [ verb ] take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
Synonyms: assume take_over take_on

"When will the new President assume office?"

Related terms: take_office resume assumption
6. [ verb ] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
Synonyms: embrace sweep_up adapt espouse

"She embraced Catholocism" "They adopted the Jewish faith"

Related terms: accept take_up borrowing
7. [ verb ] (writing) put into dramatic form
Synonyms: dramatize dramatise

"adopt a book for a screenplay"

Related terms: write writing play dramatist drama dramatization
Similar spelling:   adopter