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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
adopt (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to take by choice into a relationship , especially to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child
2.
to take up and practice or use - adopted a moderate tone
3.
to accept formally and put into effect - adopt a constitutional amendment
4.
to choose (a textbook) for required study in a course
5.
intransitive verb
to sponsor the care and maintenance of - adopt a highway to adopt a child - couples choosing to adopt
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
adopt (verb)
to take for one's own use (something originated by another)
SYNONIMS:
borrow, embrace, espouse, take on, take up
RELATED WORDS:
domesticate, naturalize; appropriate, arrogate, take over, usurp; absorb, assimilate, incorporate, quote; cherish, prize, treasure; cultivate, follow, heed, honor; use, utilize; bring up, foster, nurture, raise, rear; affect, assume, copy, imitate, pretend, put on, simulate
pick up on
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abandon, forsake, give up, relinquish, surrender; abjure, abnegate, disown; reject, renounce, repudiate, spurn; discard, jettison, junk, throw away, throw out
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