Definition of adopted


  • acquired as your own by free choice; "my adopted state", "an adoptive country". Synonyms: adoptive. Antonyms: native.


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

Related words

adhere, resume, stick.

Words nearby adopted

adapted, adoptee, adopter.

End with adopted

unadopted, preadopted, readopted.

More information about adopted

adopted unscrambled

Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • adopted is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 11 points
  • adopted is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 11 points
  • adopted is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 12 points
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