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Overview of verb adopt

The verb adopt has 7 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (34) 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. (6) adopt, borrow, take over, take up

(take up and practice as one's own)

3. (2) assume, adopt, take on, take over

(take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?")

4. (2) 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. (2) 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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