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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

verb adopt has 7 sense(s) (first 5 from tagged texts)

adopt (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Adoption (disambiguation).
Sister Irene of New York Foundling Hospital with children. Sister Irene is among the pioneers of modern adoption, establishing a system to board out children rather than institutionalize them.

Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation. Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations.

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