adopt (someone or something) as (something)

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adopt (someone or something) as (something)

1. To choose one for a specific role. We were so impressed with her efforts that we adopted her as the new leader of the organization. I've adopted Dr. Greene as my mentor because she specializes in postmodernism, and that's what I want to focus on. Did Stanford University really adopt a tree as its mascot?
2. To claim ownership of something or establish guardianship or someone. I told Marshall my idea for the project last week, and now he has apparently adopted it as his own. My parents adopted me as their son when I was just two months old. I was only supposed to cat-sit Pudge, but we bonded so much that I later adopted her as my own.
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adopt someone as something

to choose someone as something. The committee will adopt Jane as its candidate.
See also: adopt

adopt something as something

to take on something, such as a policy or principle, as one's own. I will adopt this policy as my own.
See also: adopt
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
The two castaways, John Ferrier and the little girl who had shared his fortunes and had been adopted as his daughter, accompanied the Mormons to the end of their great pilgrimage.
When standards groups meet to consider establishing a new standard, it is natural for manufacturers to want the parameters associated with their existing products to be adopted as the standard parameters.
In this particular case, an adu lt female who had been adopted as a young child by her stepfather sued in a Moscow court to have another man established legally as her biological father.
The latest study, conducted by the Search Institute and released in June, finds that teenagers adopted as infants generally have positive self-concepts, warm relationships with their parents, and psychological health comparable to that of nonadopted teens.
With the help of public and private adoption agencies in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, the researchers recruited 715 families with teenagers who had been adopted as infants.
Meanwhile, clinicians who treat adoptees and their families agree that this family arrangement generally works well, especially for those adopted as infants.
Even kids adopted as infants often get little help in grappling with the special brand of grief sparked by the psychological loss of birth parents they never knew, the Boston psychiatrist says.
Brodzinsky of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., estimates that about 25 percent of those adopted as infants develop serious psychological difficulties by adolescence, compared with 15 percent of nonadopted youngsters.
Like many observers of European foundling institutions, Gager expresses surprise that girls were adopted as often or more often than boys.