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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of adopt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Taken by adoption; taken up as one's own.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. acquired as your own by free choice


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  • “Supreme Emergency” is a phrase adopted by Walzer from a 1939 speech by Winston Churchill in an attempt to reconcile just war ethics with the killing of innocent civilians entailed in the nighttime bombing of German cities.

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  • Far West Entertainment As two-fifths of the night's support act Blush, they are about to perform in front of 14,000 screaming Beliebers—the name adopted by the teen phenom's legions of fans.

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  • They are the only Argyle, a name adopted for reasons never fully explained.

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  • In England the story was also run by the weekly magazine, Women's Own, who gave it the title adopted here, Blind Chance.

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  • Her classification as independent contractor or employee depends, not on the label adopted by the parties, but rather on the degree of control exercised over her work.

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  • Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (B B T D) is the term adopted in 1986 by the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Oral Health Coalition to describe the decay of primary maxillary incisors that occurs due to prolonged bottle feeding in young children.


  • In what is now the south of Scotland the new language was English or a variant thereof so the label adopted was the English-language label 'Scot'.

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  • North of the Forth-Clyde area the incoming language was Gaelic or a variant thereof, so the label adopted was presumably Alba.

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  • The nickname adopted by the astronaut class of 1978.

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