adopt

You can adopt an air of nonchalance, a fake British accent, or even a stray dog. When you adopt something, you consciously select it and accept it as your own.

The word adopt has many different shades of meaning, but most relate to the notion of taking something on and treating it as if it’s your own. You’re probably familiar with what happens if you adopt a child: you take on parental responsibilities and accept the child as if it’s your own. You can adopt other things — such as a plan, a method, or a point of view — in a similar way. For example, when you adopt a particular attitude — such as a respectful attitude — you select that as a way to present yourself and behave as if it is natural.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: adopt

1
v
take into one's family
2
v
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
3
v
put into dramatic form
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: adopt
1

v take into one's family

“They adopted two children from Nicaragua”
Synonyms:
take in
Type of:
take
take into one's possession
2

v choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

Synonyms:
espouse, follow
abide by, comply, follow
act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
Types:
adhere, stick
be a devoted follower or supporter
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v take up and practice as one's own

Synonyms:
borrow, take over, take up
Type of:
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered

v take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

“They adopted the Jewish faith”
Synonyms:
embrace, espouse, sweep up
Types:
fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up
adopt
Type of:
accept
consider or hold as true

v take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

“he adopted an air of superiority”
Synonyms:
acquire, assume, take, take on
Types:
re-assume
take on again, as after a time lapse
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

Synonyms:
assume, take on, take over
Types:
resume
assume anew
Type of:
take office
assume an office, duty, or title
3

v put into dramatic form

adopt a book for a screenplay”
Synonyms:
dramatise, dramatize
Type of:
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work
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