adopt /ə-'däpt/ vt
1: to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child esp. in compliance with formal legal procedures see also equitable adoption
2: to take or accept as if one's own
[the company] adopt ed the signature on the financing statementBarber-Greene Co. v. Nat'l City Bank of Minneapolis, 816 F.2d 1267 (1987)
3: to accept formally and put into effect
adopt a constitutional amendment
adopt·able /ə-'däp-tə-bəl/ adj
adopt·abil·i·ty /ə-ˌdäp-tə-'bi-lə-tē/ adv
adop·tion /ə-'däp-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accept, ad sententiam, admit, adoptare, affiliate, annex, appropriate, arrogate, assimilate, assume, attach oneself to, avail oneself of, borrow, choose, co-opt, conform to, constituere, denizenize, elect, embrace, endenizen, espouse, exercise one's option, follow, foster, imitate, make one's own, naturalize, raise, seize, select, select as one's own, take, take on, take possession of, take up, try, usurp, utilize, vote to accept associated concepts: adopt a child, adopt a law, adopt a philosophy, legitimation, support II index accept (embrace), acquire (receive), agree (comply), apply (put in practice), appropriate, approve, assume (seize), choose, copy, embrace (accept), espouse, gain, impropriate, naturalize (make a citizen), pass (approve), prefer, receive (permit to enter), resort, select

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To make one’s own; to accept; to choose.
(2) To create a legal parent-child relationship between people unrelated by blood.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) To approve or accept something — for example, a legislative body may adopt a law or an amendment, a government agency may adopt a regulation, or a party to a lawsuit may adopt a particular argument.
2) To assume the legal relationship of parent to another person's child. (See also: adoption)
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

To accept, appropriate, choose, or select, as to adopt a child. To consent to and put into effect, as to adopt a constitution or a law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To accept, appropriate, choose, or select, as to adopt a child. To consent to and put into effect, as to adopt a constitution or a law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) to take on the relationship of parent to child of another person, particularly (but not necessarily) a minor, by official legal action.
   2) to accept or make use of, such as to adopt another party's argument in a lawsuit.
   See also: adoption

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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