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Adopt Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    adopt v
  1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: follow, espouse]
  2. take up and practice as one's own [syn: borrow, take over, take up]
  3. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?" [syn: assume, take on, take over]
  4. 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" [syn: assume, acquire, take on, take]
  5. take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua" [syn: take in]
  6. put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay" [syn: dramatize, dramatise]
  7. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: espouse, embrace, sweep up}]
Adopt Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Adopt \A*dopt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adopted; p. pr. & vb. n. Adopting.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf. F. adopter. See Option.]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Adopt'

Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another who is not kin and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities from the original parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption whereas others have endeavored to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities. Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations.

Adoption has a long history in the Western world, closely tied with the legacy of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church. Its use has changed considerably over the centuries with its focus shifting from adult adoption and inheritance issues toward children and family creation and its structure moving from a recognition of continuity between the adopted and kin toward allowing relationships of lessened intensity.

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* When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. - Anais Nin

* This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them. - Bertrand Russell

* One does not adopt a new idea, one slips into it. - Jean-Paul Sartre

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