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English verb: adopt

1. adopt (possession) choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

SamplesShe followed the feminist movement.
The candidate espouses Republican ideals.

Synonymsespouse, follow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

Narrower (hyponym)adhere, stick

Verb groupabide by, comply, follow

2. adopt (possession) take up and practice as one's own

Synonymsborrow, take over, take up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)accept, have, take

3. adopt (social) take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

SamplesWhen will the new President assume office?.

Synonymsassume, take on, take over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take office

Narrower (hyponym)resume

4. adopt (change) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

SamplesHis 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.

Synonymsacquire, assume, take, take on

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)re-assume

5. adopt (change) take into one's family

SamplesThey adopted two children from Nicaragua.

Synonymstake in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)take

6. adopt (creation) put into dramatic form

SamplesAdopt a book for a screenplay.

ExamplesDid he adopt his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymsdramatise, dramatize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compose, indite, pen, write

Domain categoryauthorship, composition, penning, writing

7. adopt (cognition) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

SamplesShe embraced Catholicism.
They adopted the Jewish faith.

Synonymsembrace, espouse, sweep up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accept

Narrower (hyponym)fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up

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