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To accept, appropriate, choose, or select, as to adopt a child. To consent to and put into effect, as to adopt a constitution or a law.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


v. 1) to take on the relationship of parent to child of another person, particularly (but not necessarily) a minor, by official legal action. 2) to accept or make use of, such as to adopt another defendant's argument in a lawsuit. (See: adoption)

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The support of the judges will clearly be an extra expense, but to what extent will depend on the particular plan which may be adopted in regard to this matter.
I must go and clear up, so good-bye, and don't forget I've adopted you."
And so I explained as carefully as I could the entire method of training I had adopted with my beasts, and later he had me repeat it before Lorquas Ptomel and the assembled warriors.
His will, bearing date at the time when I left England, bequeathed an income for life to my mother, and left the bulk of his property to me, on the one condition that I adopted his name.
There were some who accused him of lukewarmness in his adopted religion, and others who put it down to greed of wealth and reluctance to incur expense.
Lucy Ferrier grew up within the log-house, and assisted her adopted father in all his undertakings.
The telecoms giant will continue to provide electricity (if already in place) to power the light for adopted kiosks, free of charge.
BT will continue to provide electricity if already in place to power the light for adopted kiosks, free of charge to communities.
Already, nearly 400 have been adopted by communities across Wales.
The Adopt A Kiosk scheme means another 3,683 of the phone boxes across England can be adopted by communities to put them to good use.
The Texas Legislature adopted House Bill (HB) 2950 during the 85th Regular Legislative Session.