"adopt" in the verb sense
1. adopt, follow, espouse
choose and follow as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
"She followed the feminist movement"
"The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
2. adopt, borrow, take over, take up
take up and practice as one's own
3. assume, adopt, take on, take over
take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
"When will the new President assume office?"
4. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take
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"
5. adopt, take in
take into one's family
"They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
6. dramatize, dramatise, adopt
put into dramatic form
"adopt a book for a screenplay"
7. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up
take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
"She embraced Catholicism"
"They adopted the Jewish faith"
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