- verb1》 legally take (another's child) and bring it up as one's own.2》 choose to take up or follow (an option or course of action).3》 assume (an attitude or position).4》 Brit. choose as a candidate for office.↘formally approve or accept.5》 Brit. (of a local authority) accept responsibility for the maintenance of (a road).Derivativesadoptable adjectiveadoptee nounadopter nounadoption nounOriginC15 (earlier (ME) as adoption): via Fr. from L. adoptare, from ad- 'to' + optare 'choose'.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.