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To adopt is to accept, to bring, to choose to take up, to follow, or to use a plan or technique. To adopt is to assume a report or position, attitude, or law, as to apply them.

Also related to adoption is to form a legal parent-child (adoptive parent) relationship with a child that is not previously yours and take care of them as your child. According to Lehr v. Robertson, a process must be fulfilled to access adoption. 

 [Last updated in March of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]