verb (used with object)
to choose or take as one’s own; make one’s own by selection or assent:
to adopt a nickname.
to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one’s own child, specifically by a formal legal act.
to take or receive into any kind of new relationship:
to adopt a person as a protégé.
to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course.
to vote to accept:
The House adopted the report.
to accept or act in accordance with (a plan, principle, etc.).
adopt out, to place (a child) for adoption:
The institution may keep a child or adopt it out.
(law) to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another’s child) as one’s own child
to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one’s own
to take on; assume: to adopt a title
to accept (a report, etc)
c.1500, a back-formation from adoption or else from Middle French adopter or directly from Latin adoptare “take by choice, choose for oneself, select, choose” (especially a child). Originally in English also of friends, fathers, citizens, etc. Sense of “to legally take as one’s own child” and that of “to embrace, espouse” a practice, method, etc. are from c.1600. Related: Adopted; adopting.
[reed-out] /ˈridˌaʊt/ noun 1. Computers. the output of information from a computer in readable form. Compare . 2. the information displayed on a graduated instrument.
- Read someone his rights
verb phrase To inform an arrested person formally of his or her legal rights, esp by reading him or her a ”Miranda card” detailing them: The judge threw it out because they hadn’t given the crook his rights [1960s+; fr the requirement based on the Supreme Court decision in the Miranda case of 1966] Related […]
[reed] /rid/ verb (used with object), read [red] /rɛd/ (Show IPA), reading [ree-ding] /ˈri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA) 1. to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): to read a book; to read music. 2. to utter aloud or render in speech (something written, printed, etc.): reading a story […]
- Read someone like a book
verb phrase To know and understand someone thoroughly, including deep motives and likely actions: She thinks she’s pretty clever, but I read her like a book (1844+)