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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dopt]
    • /əˈdɒpt/
    • /əˈdɒp.tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dopt]
    • /əˈdɒpt/

Definitions of adopted word

  • adjective adopted having been adopted 3
  • verb with object adopted to choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent: to adopt a nickname. 1
  • verb with object adopted to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act. 1
  • verb with object adopted to take or receive into any kind of new relationship: to adopt a person as a protégé. 1
  • verb with object adopted to select as a basic or required textbook or series of textbooks in a course. 1
  • verb with object adopted to vote to accept: The House adopted the report. 1

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Origin of adopted

First appearance:

before 1490
One of the 26% oldest English words
1490-1500; (< Middle French adopter) < Latin adoptāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + optāre to opt

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Parts of speech for Adopted


adopted popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adopted usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adopted

adjective adopted

  • preferred — to set or hold before or above other persons or things in estimation; like better; choose rather than: to prefer beef to chicken.
  • urged — to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
  • nonresident — not resident in a particular place.
  • foreign — of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.
  • in demand — popular, wanted, sought after

Antonyms for adopted

adjective adopted

  • abandoned — An abandoned place or building is no longer used or occupied.
  • on the rocks — a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like.
  • cast away — to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice.

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