Adjective "adopting" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own.
  1. 'However, he has no living relatives that will adopt the orphan.'
  2. 'In the USA last year 46,000 foster care children were adopted - an increase of 65 per cent on the figure in 1996.'
  3. 'Of this number, half of the families adopt healthy infants.'
  4. 'Foundlings were adopted by neighbors, and accorded privileged status in the community, by way of compensating them for the loss of their parents.'
  5. 'The children were adopted from two orphanages in Hunan province.'
  6. 'No one would adopt a seventeen-year-old orphan.'
  7. 'About 4,939 Russian children are legally adopted by foreigners each year, but 184,000 still languish in orphanages.'
  8. 'There are really no rules of thumb, but older couples are less likely to adopt infants and many younger couples prefer babies in order to fit in with peer groups.'
  9. 'But just because you can legally adopt a child does not necessarily mean it is in the best interests of that child to be adopted by you.'
  10. '‘Each household in a functioning community can adopt orphans and others who have no homes anymore,’ he said.'
Choose to take up or follow (an idea, method, or course of action)
  1. 'Only a few firms succeeded in not only getting bigger, but also in adopting the American methods of managerial organization adequate to their new size.'
  2. 'The latest developments have also inspired some political analysts to urge the state to adopt a different method of dealing with the group.'
  3. 'It is important to keep in mind that whatever method is adopted for quitting smoking, the most important factors are conviction and willpower.'
  4. 'He adopted the method of the ‘snapshot,’ of the intimate and the incidental, as a ‘style.’'
  5. 'Successive generations, of course, have adopted American ways for dealing with the medical community.'
  6. 'At the birth of the Second Republic, 90% of Italians voted to adopt a first-past-the-post method.'
  7. 'A few astrologers have chosen to adopt a third method of division.'
  8. 'I agree that this was an option and not obligatory, but most consulting engineers chose to adopt this method, as it satisfied the needs for the brief and avoided the need for dimensioning the drawings.'
  9. 'It means adopting different methods for different groups.'
  10. 'For this final experiment, we are adopting a new method.'
  11. 'They can trace back their ancestors, who came to India and adopted this country as their own and identify with them.'
  12. 'From humble beginnings in the Welsh valleys he became a national celebrity, who adopted this city as his home and became one of Bradford's leading and best-loved citizens.'
Take on or assume (an attitude or position)
  1. 'One cannot be sure what it was about the appearance or the behaviour of this insect that led the Greeks to call it, too, mantis; perhaps its habit of adopting a motionless position as if transfixed.'
  2. 'If both parties were to adopt extreme positions, no bills at all could be passed.'
  3. 'I was adopting a position of enlightened intellectual who was going to teach my Midwestern students about the realities and inequalities of their nation.'
  4. 'This time around, the union says it consulted its members widely before adopting a negotiating position, which now stresses cultural and family issues.'
  5. 'No matter what the Court may announce on Monday, it will not be adopting this extreme position.'
  6. 'Shortly after that the pilot told us it was a full emergency landing and we had to adopt the brace position.'
  7. 'She is an antireductionist - a position sometimes adopted by those who dislike what they perceive to be the direction of modern genetics.'
  8. 'Dunbar adopts an intriguing position on the origin of language, seeing it as taking over many of the social functions of physical contact and grooming that for many monkey species take up a considerable part of each day.'
  9. 'States have adopted different positions on this.'
  10. 'They had to be flexible, and adopt different positions to accommodate ever changing circumstances.'
  11. 'she was recently adopted as Labour candidate for the constituency'
  12. 'In 1921 he was adopted as a Labour candidate for Battersea North.'
  13. 'He was officially adopted as a prospective candidate at a party meeting on Monday, April 18, 1955.'
  14. 'He was adopted as a parliamentary candidate in 1976 and within two years was on a key Scottish Labour Party committee.'
  15. 'Livingstone has said that if he is adopted as party candidate, he will nominate Gavron as his running mate for deputy.'
  16. 'The local Tory party in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross was due yesterday to take a decision on whether to adopt him as a candidate.'
  17. 'the committee voted 5–1 to adopt the proposal'
  18. 'It is unusual for a Japanese court to adopt reports by foreign investigative authorities as evidence.'
  19. 'After that, the city council will decide which suggestions will be formally adopted.'
  20. 'The recommendations of the Harvard report were gratefully adopted by many authorities who were faced with these problems.'
  21. 'The report was yesterday adopted by all senators with the Opposition fully in support of its contents and the eventual conclusion.'
  22. 'The report was adopted at the top security meeting of ministers in charge of defense and foreign affairs.'
  23. 'It is all the more important, therefore, that ministers adopt the report's recommendations.'
  24. 'On the face of it, if the recommendations made by this report were adopted as Government policy, there would be clear benefits for infrequent road users.'
  25. 'More detailed labelling on products for consumers would also result if the report is adopted by the minister.'
  26. 'But what would he do if the report is not adopted?'
  27. 'The final report was adopted by the plenary session in February 1987.'
(of a local authority) accept responsibility for the maintenance of (a road).
  1. 'The Council has sent out letters telling residents that the Council are going to adopt the roads, but we, the residents, are being asked to pay to bring the roads up to standard before they get adopted.'
  2. 'Essex County Council has also agreed to adopt roads and is also subsidising a bus service.'

More definitions

1. to choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent: to adopt a nickname.

2. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.

3. to take or receive into any kind of new relationship: to adopt a person as a protégé.

4. to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course.

5. to vote to accept: The House adopted the report.

6. to accept or act in accordance with

More examples(as adjective)

"measures can be adopting."

"stances can be adopting."

"ideas can be adopting."

"policies can be adopting."

"methods can be adopting."

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(adopt)Late 15th century: via French from Latin adoptare, from ad- ‘to’ + optare ‘choose’.