Antonyms for adopt:

repudiate, disown, deny, renounce, disapprove, disallow.

Synonyms for adopt:

Sense 3 (noun)

affirm, adoption agency, au pair, babysit, adoptive, ratify, care, babysitter, adoption, care order, approve, adopted.

Sense 5 (noun)

confirm, pass.

adopt (noun)

dramatise, dramatize, follow, take in, sweep up, embrace, take on, acquire, take over, assume, take up, borrow, espouse.

change (verb)

take in.

choose (verb)

elect, espouse, judge, select, like, fancy, pick, choose, prefer, decide, wish, determine, favor.

choose or take something as one's own (verb)

borrow, embrace, approve, affirm, espouse, take over, select, take on, follow, take up, accept, assume, ratify, seize.

legally care for another's child (verb)

foster, choose, pick, naturalize, take in.

possession (verb)

espouse, borrow, take over, follow, take up.

Sense 1

au pair, vote out, blackball, guardian, adoptive, enforce, adopted, vote off, assure, progress, vote through, nanny, childcare, vote in, steamroll, sit, vote down, go through with, sitter, nursemaid, foster, approve, in loco parentis, spoil, babysit, reelect, naturalize, unseat, houseparent, adoption agency, insure, babysitter, care order, ward, ensure, put in, day care.

Sense 2

carry through, obey, execute, ratify, care, nurse, listen, implement, ballot, vote, chaperon, adoption.

Sense 3

act out, affirm, mount, abstain.

Sense 5


Sense 21



elect, wish.


keep an eye on, obey.


vote in.




take in.


take up.

Other synonyms and related words:

gain, embroider, accept, buy out, fasten on, direct, get married, consume, stick with, conjoin, sham, acquire, grow, have, involve, carry, demand, bear, progress, withdraw, come after, ask, use up, assume, soak up, convey, wed, ward, shoot, observe, come, embellish, houseparent, develop, strike, be, overhear, pack, gull, clear, scoop out, look at, keep up, sop up, get into, pass, usurp, scoop, engage, seize on, approve, cover, consider, realise, undertake, subscribe to, train, get hitched with, take, pad, affirm, invite, get, fill, postdate, realize, learn, babysit, imbibe, resume, view, fall out, aggrandise, nurse, hook on, latch on, pursue, mount, receive, embroil, take after, nursemaid, listen, make, abide by, follow, blow up, need, produce, comprehend, confirm, stick to, require, charter, read, conform to, adoption, sweep up, call for, start, slang, enforce, dramatise, wear, don, ingest, squeeze, draw, assimilate, travel along, contain, lift out, hire, absorb, simulate, watch over, feign, gather in, bring in, encompass, meet, spoil, surveil, ratify, occupy, nanny, aggrandize, bring, relieve, buy up, foster, lead, watch, hold, tackle, succeed, adopted, accompany, earn, get hold of, submit, obey, take on, reelect, contract, necessitate, bosom, take aim, rent, take for granted, catch, repeat, arrogate, put one over, put on, drag in, keep abreast, hook up with, drive, comply, dramatize, seize, evolve, scoop up, marry, naturalize, put one across, embrace, pick out, subscribe, borrow, take over, claim, win, admit.

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