|1.||[ verb ] choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans|
"She followed the feminist movement" "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
|Related terms:||choose adhere comply conform_to adoption|
|2.||[ verb ] take up and practice as one's own|
|Synonyms:||borrow take_up take_over|
|Related terms:||accept draw_on borrowing|
|3.||[ verb ] take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect|
|Synonyms:||take assume take_on acquire|
"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"
|Related terms:||change re-assume|
|4.||[ verb ] take into one's family|
"They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
|Related terms:||take adoptee|
|5.||[ verb ] take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities|
|Synonyms:||assume take_over take_on|
"When will the new President assume office?"
|Related terms:||take_office resume assumption|
|6.||[ verb ] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own|
|Synonyms:||embrace sweep_up adapt espouse|
"She embraced Catholocism" "They adopted the Jewish faith"
|Related terms:||accept take_up borrowing|
|7.||[ verb ] (writing) put into dramatic form|
"adopt a book for a screenplay"
|Related terms:||write writing play dramatist drama dramatization|