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 for adopt
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adopt \A*dopt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adopted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Adopting.] [L. adoptare; ad + optare to choose, desire: cf.
     F. adopter. See Option.]
     1. To take by choice into relationship, as, child, heir,
        friend, citizen, etc.; esp. to take voluntarily (a child
        of other parents) to be in the place of, or as, one's own
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To take or receive as one's own what is not so naturally;
        to select and take or approve; as, to adopt the view or
        policy of another; these resolutions were adopted.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies,
           strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement";
           "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: adopt,
           follow, espouse]
      2: take up and practice as one's own [syn: adopt, borrow,
         take over, take up]
      3: take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will
         the new President assume office?" [syn: assume, adopt,
         take on, take over]
      4: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took
         on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an
         air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods
         assume human or animal form in these fables" [syn: assume,
         acquire, adopt, take on, take]
      5: take into one's family; "They adopted two children from
         Nicaragua" [syn: adopt, take in]
      6: put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay" [syn:
         dramatize, dramatise, adopt]
      7: take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and
         use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They
         adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: espouse, embrace,
         adopt, sweep up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  65 Moby Thesaurus words for "adopt":
     Americanize, Anglicize, accept, acculturate, acculturize, admit,
     affect, affiliate, appropriate, approve, arrogate, assimilate,
     assume, carry, colonize, confer citizenship, conquer, copy,
     derive from, domesticate, embrace, encroach, enslave, espouse,
     go in for, go native, hog, imitate, indent, infringe, invade,
     jump a claim, make free with, make use of, mock, monopolize,
     naturalize, occupy, overrun, pass, pirate, plagiarize, play God,
     preempt, preoccupy, prepossess, pretend to, ratify, requisition,
     seize, simulate, sit on, squat on, steal, subjugate, take,
     take all of, take in, take it all, take on, take over,
     take possession of, take up, trespass, usurp

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