Definition of adopt


  • choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement", "The candidate espouses Republican ideals". Synonyms: espouse, follow.
  • take up and practice as one's own. Synonyms: borrow, take over, take up.
  • take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?". Synonyms: assume, take on, take over.
  • take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "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". Synonyms: acquire, assume, take, take on.
  • take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua". Synonyms: take in.
  • put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay". Synonyms: dramatise, dramatize.
  • take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism", "They adopted the Jewish faith". Synonyms: embrace, espouse, sweep up.

Related words

adhere, resume, stick.

Words nearby adopt

adapt, adept.

Rhymes with adopt

chopped, cropped, opt, stopped, topped.

Start with adopt

adoptive, adoptianisms, adoption, adoptively, adoptianism, adopted, adoptability, adoptee, adopters, adoptionists, adoptions, adoptionisms, adoptable, adoptabilities, adopts, adoptees, adoptionism, adopting, adoptionist, adopter.

End with adopt

preadopt, readopt.

More information about adopt

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • adopt is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 8 points
  • adopt is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 8 points
  • adopt is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 9 points
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