- Choose to take up, follow, or use.
- Take and rear (another"s child) as one"s own child.
- Formally take on or take responsibility for.
- Choose and follow a particular attitude or way of behaving.
- Formally accept or take on (a proposal or report).
Late middle english: from latin adoptare, from ad- "to" + optare "choose".
- They adopted a new policy.
- She adopted the child from an orphanage.
- He adopted a new name when he became an actor.
- The company adopted the new technology.
- The council adopted the report.