Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: adopt
IPA transcription: [əd'ɑpt]
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: adopt, follow, espouse
    Meaning: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
  • Synonyms: adopt, borrow, take_over, take_up
    Meaning: take up and practice as one's own
  • Synonyms: assume, adopt, take_on, take_over
    Meaning: take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"
  • Synonyms: assume, acquire, adopt, take_on, take
    Meaning: 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: adopt, take_in
    Meaning: take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
Usage examples
  • For this purpose we will adopt certain definitions.
  • "I can adopt that hand on occasion, as I'll prove to your satisfaction."
  • But he was unable to adopt that safe and golden mean, which his wife recommended.
  • This counsel was very distasteful to me, but I thought I could not do otherwise than adopt it.
  • The old woman, having taken the other twelve, could not well refuse to adopt these little orphans also.
  • We were now to begin to adopt a mode of travelling both more expeditious and less fatiguing than hitherto.
  • Nevertheless, they send abroad to discover the customs of nations, and the best of these they always adopt.
  • I am so impressed by the importance of these phenomena that I adopt the hypothesis which they so naturally suggest.
  • Should the scheme he had now sketched prove feasible, Silver, already doubly a traitor, would not hesitate to adopt it.
  • "I reckon I better adopt some decent young man," his father returned. "I'd bring Bibbs up here and put him in your place if he was fit.