adopt


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Synonyms for adopt

Synonyms for adopt

to take, as another's idea, and make one's own

to accept officially

Synonyms for adopt

take up and practice as one's own

take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

take into one's family

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take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

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Godfrey had from the first specified Eppie, then about twelve years old, as a child suitable for them to adopt. It had never occurred to him that Silas would rather part with his life than with Eppie.
In Godfrey's case there were further reasons why his thoughts should be continually solicited by this one point in his lot: his conscience, never thoroughly easy about Eppie, now gave his childless home the aspect of a retribution; and as the time passed on, under Nancy's refusal to adopt her, any retrieval of his error became more and more difficult.
The general and the major offered some objections; nevertheless, the proposition, actively supported by the secretary, was definitely adopted.
And the proposed Constitution, if adopted, will be the bill of rights of the Union.
I thought if I adopted you as much as I can now, it would be nicer.
And so I explained as carefully as I could the entire method of training I had adopted with my beasts, and later he had me repeat it before Lorquas Ptomel and the assembled warriors.
My second maxim was to be as firm and resolute in my actions as I was able, and not to adhere less steadfastly to the most doubtful opinions, when once adopted, than if they had been highly certain; imitating in this the example of travelers who, when they have lost their way in a forest, ought not to wander from side to side, far less remain in one place, but proceed constantly towards the same side in as straight a line as possible, without changing their direction for slight reasons, although perhaps it might be chance alone which at first determined the selection; for in this way, if they do not exactly reach the point they desire, they will come at least in the end to some place that will probably be preferable to the middle of a forest.
Mamma Valerius turned a terrified face to Christine, who had already run to her adopted mother and was holding her in her arms.
The woman professed to have made all manner of inquiries, but all in vain: so, being childless and a widow, she adopted him herself.
We have no children of our own, therefore I adopted the son of a favorite slave, and determined to make him my heir.
Brownlow went on, from day to day, filling the mind of his adopted child with stores of knowledge, and becoming attached to him, more and more, as his nature developed itself, and showed the thriving seeds of all he wished him to become--how he traced in him new traits of his early friend, that awakened in his own bosom old remembrances, melancholy and yet sweet and soothing--how the two orphans, tried by adversity, remembered its lessons in mercy to others, and mutual love, and fervent thanks to Him who had protected and preserved them--these are all matters which need not to be told.
Feuds and civil wars succeeded that lasted for two or three years, until Rose, having contrived to set his adopted brethren by the ears, left them, and went down the Missouri in 1823.
In religion and morals I adopted the views of a materialist companion of my studies--a worn-out man of more than double my age.
The two castaways, John Ferrier and the little girl who had shared his fortunes and had been adopted as his daughter, accompanied the Mormons to the end of their great pilgrimage.
The plan was adopted, the necessary treaty made, with legislation to carry out its provisions; the Madagascarene Philosopher took his seat in the Temple of Immortality, and Peace spread her white wings over the two nations, to the unspeakable defiling of her plumage.