[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?"
acquire, assume, assume, borrow, dramatise, dramatize, embrace, espouse, espouse, follow, sweep up, take in, take on, take on, take over, take over, take up