transitive verb | \ ə-ˈdäpt \
  1. : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child especially in compliance with formal legal procedures — see also equitable adoption

  1. : to take or accept as if one's own [the company] adopted the signature on the financing statement —Barber-Greene Co. v. Nat'l City Bank of Minneapolis, 816 F.2d 1267 (1987)

  1. : to accept formally and put into effect adopt a constitutional amendment