October 1, 2015
To adopt something is to make it your own. This word is usually used when a person takes full legal responsibility for a baby that is not biologically related. You can also use the word "adopt" for ideas and things.
- The people across the street adopted a baby girl from India.
- Jason and Valerie are thinking about adopting after years of trying to have their own child.
- Adoption gives an unwanted child a chance to live a good life. (The word "adoption" in this sentence is a noun.)
- My friends Jessica and Marta adopted a two-year-old boy from Guatemala. (In the U.S. it's legal for same-sex couples to adopt a child.)
- You can adopt a dog or a cat from an animal shelter.
- Vesco Insurance adopted a highway. Twice a year the employees go out and clean up garbage that accumulates on the side of the road. (When companies and organizations adopt a highway, they voluntarily clean it and receive public recognition for their efforts.)
- A new plan was adopted for fixing the nation's school system.
- Companies in the United States are adopting new ways to increase employee productivity.
- The government adopted new rules and procedures for managing natural disasters.
They're adopting a baby. Congratulations!
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