July 19, 2012
- adopt (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to take legally as one's own child2 : to take as one's own3 : to accept formally
- How do you use it?
- We adopted some of the local customs when we were traveling in France.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "adopt"?"Adopt," "embrace," and "espouse" mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as your own. "Adopt" suggests accepting something created by someone else or that is not in your nature, as in "The company was forced to adopt new policies." "Embrace" implies a ready or happy acceptance of something, as in "These ideas have been widely embraced by the scientific community for many years." "Espouse" suggests a close attachment to a cause, as in "They have always espoused the cause of women's rights."