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[v] take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
[v] 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"
[v] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
[v] put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
[v] take up and practice as one's own
[v] choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
[v] take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"

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