• the Goddess Adopts The King by Suckling Him
    the Goddess Adopts The King by Suckling Him
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v adopt take into one's family "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
    • v adopt 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"
    • v adopt take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own "She embraced Catholicism","They adopted the Jewish faith"
    • v adopt put into dramatic form "adopt a book for a screenplay"
    • v adopt take up and practice as one's own
    • v adopt choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans "She followed the feminist movement","The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
    • v adopt take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities "When will the new President assume office?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas was one of the first states to adopt capital punishment by lethal injection -in 1977.
    • Adopt To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir, friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own child.
    • Adopt To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally; to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582 AD, and was adopted by Great Britain and the English colonies in 1752.
    • adopt To choose for or take to one's self; make one's own by selection or assent; receive or agree to as a personal belonging or opinion: as, to adopt a name or an idea; an adopted citizen or country; the meeting adopted the resolution.
    • adopt Specifically, to admit into a relation of affiliation; confer the rights or privileges of kinship upon, as one who is not naturally related or connected; especially, to receive and treat as a child or member of one's family, etc.: as, the orphans were adopted by friends. See adoption, 2. To take or receive into any kind of new relationship: as, to adopt a person as an heir, or as a friend, guide, or example.
    • adopt In euchre, to play with the suit turned up for trumps: a privilege of the dealer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The steel industry, in 1943, introduced the 5-day, 40 hour work week. Henry Ford adopted it in 1926.
    • v.t Adopt ad-opt′ to choose: to take up or embrace: to take into any relationship: to take as one's own what is another's, as a child, &c
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  • Novalis
    “My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.”
  • James Baldwin
    “The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.”
  • Robert Henri
    Robert Henri
    “A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Morality is the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adoptare,; ad, + optare, to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter,. See Option
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. adoptāread, to, and, optāre, to choose.


In literature:

It is true the first turnpike act was passed as early as 1653, but the system was not extensively adopted until a century later.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
On the following day, the essential portion of the series was adopted, likewise, by the House.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler
If she has been adopted as an infant, she knows nothing of her own relations, but thinks of her adopted mother as her own mother.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
These were presented to that convention and adopted.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
The resolution was adopted in the House February 21 by 112 ayes, 35 noes; unanimously adopted by the Senate February 22.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
He insisted upon adopting baptism by immersion, and refused to baptize a child whose parents objected to that form.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
What treatment should be adopted in asphyxia from electricity?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
He suggests that incompetent officers be reduced to the ranks, and that more stringent regulations be adopted.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Rostafinski adopted DeBary's general name, but changed its application.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
While there he adopted the principles of the Reformation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various

In poetry:

"Buy of Me!" I hear Thee say;
I have naught wherewith to pay,
But I give myself to Thee;
Clothed, adopted I shall be.
"My Angel-Dress" by Lucy Larcom
To prove at last my main intent
Needs no expense of argument,
No cutting and contriving—
Seeking a real friend, we seem
To adopt the chemist’s golden dream,
With still less hope of thriving.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
A kindly thought, a generous deed,
Ye gallant sons of toil!
No nobler trophy could ye raise
On your adopted soil
Than this monument to your kindred dead,
Who sleep beneath in their cold, dark bed.
"The Emigrants’ Monument At Point St. Charles" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
How happy are the new–born race,
Partakers of adopting grace!
How pure the bliss they share!
Hid from the world and all its eyes,
Within their heart the blessing lies,
And conscience feels it there.
"The Testimony Of Divine Adoption" by William Cowper
O let my prayer acceptance find,
And bring the mighty blessing down;
With eye-salve, Lord, anoint the blind,
And seal me thine adopted son:
A fallen, helpless creature take,
And heir of thy salvation make.
"Desiring to Be Given up to God" by Augustus Montague Toplady
I neither have to you
Nor any one, whom it behooved to know it,
Denied that she's a Christian, and no more
Than my adopted daughter. Why, to her
I have not yet betrayed it--I am bound
To justify only to her.
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

The Hills says they will use some of their windfall to advocate for adoption, and may adopt again.
One adopting group even bought its newly adopted friends a much needed refrigerator.
"We adopted one batch of angels and then went and adopted some more because the interest was so high," plant manager Dave Tatman said.
When the Adopt -A-Family Screening Committee met on Thursday, they reviewed 36 applications for adoption , putting eight on 'hold' for further investigation.
Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of adoption services at the agency, said prospective owners are finicky when it comes to adopting black cats.
This family already has been adopted , but if you wish to adopt a family, the deadline is midnight tonight.
The PAWS Chicago Adopt -A-Thon, a 36-hour event held at the PAWS Chicago Adoption & Humane Center located at 1997 N Clybourn Avenue, is designed to increase awareness of homeless pets.
Volunteers will be needed to sort and size the clothing that is donated, assist the groups in finding items needed for the families they have adopted , and later on shopping and wrapping of gifts for the families who are not adopted .
Otis, a five month old wire hair terrier mix, one of the animals available for adoption at the Humane Society of Greater Akron during National Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is joining to celebrate Adopt-A-Less- Adoptable -Pet Week Sept, 17-23.
She was originally adopted from the BFHS when she was younger, but was returned years later by her previous owner after Cookie started to fight with their newly adopted puppy.
It's Adopt A "Less Adoptable " Pet Week.
Now through September 25th is Adopt a "Less Adoptable " Pet Week.
The adoption fee for BFHS dogs is $90, and all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and eligible for a complimentary general physical examination at a local veterinary clinic post-adoption.
They say the adoption came at a good time because several older dogs they previously adopted from the shelter recently died.

In science:

This makes it impossible to determine the dynamical center and inclination from the velocity field and therefore the optical center (cross) was adopted as the dynamical center.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
The vertical dashed line corresponds to the position of the cross in the left panels, the horizontal dashed line corresponds to the adopted systemic velocity.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
In fact, a similar strategy for the Verhulst factor was adopted by a recent simulation of the Penna model on a lattice .
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
We have adopted several of their selection criteria, with slight modifications, in order to search for higher-redshift candidates in our catalog.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
In this paper, we adopt the approach of [NR] and [Su] to prove a factorization theorem for arbitrary rank in the reducible case.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case