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To Ado'pt. v.a. [adopto, Lat.]

  1. To take a son by choice; to make him a son, who was not so by birth.

    Were none of all my father's sisters left;
    Nay, were I of my mother's kin bereft;
    None by an uncle's or a grandame's side,
    Yet I cou'd some adopted heir provide.
    Dryd. Pers. Sat. vi.

  2. To place any person or thing in a nearer relation, than they have by nature, to something else.

    Whether, adopted to some neighb'ring star,
    Thou roll'st above us, in thy wand'ring race,
    Or, in procession fix'd and regular,
    Mov'd with the heav'ns majestic pace;
    Or call'd to more celestial bliss,
    Thou tread'st, with seraphims, the vast abyss.

    We are seldom at ease from the solicitation of our natural or adopted desires; but a constant succession of uneasinesses, out of that stock, which natural wants, or acquired habits, have heaped up, take the will in their turns. Locke.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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