Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one who adopts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who adopts.
  • n. A receiver, with two necks, opposite to each other, one of which admits the neck of a retort, and the other is joined to another receiver. It is used in distillations, to give more space to elastic vapors, to increase the length of the neck of a retort, or to unite two vessels whose openings have different diameters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which adopts.
  • n. An apparatus for the rapid leveling of a compass, consisting of a spindle, ball, and ball-socket.

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

  • n. a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child

Etymologies

adopt +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As one of two social workers who regularly see Jamal (he also has a childcare visitor), Hooper has the task of finding a long-term adopter for the boy.

    A working life: The adoption social worker

  • -- The pain of being an early adopter is you often end up collateral damage.

    Coffee Break: Feb. 19

  • Problems of implementation are much more serious when the adopter is an organization rather than an individual.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • As a result, site-visits to observe an innovation in use by an adopter are the main channels of diffusion.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • "If you are an early adopter, that is the risk you run," he says.

    As Toshiba Surrenders,

  • Problems of implementation are usually more serious when the adopter is an organization rather than an individual.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • After picking the little dog up from the SPCA's Grassy Park kennels, the "adopter" returned it to the woman's home, SPCA spokesperson Sarah Scarth said on Tuesday.

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  • Jeff Jordan is an "adopter" for Hampton's girls basketball team while they stay in Murfreesboro for the state tournament.

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  • "adopter" list the district handed out at Wednesday's meeting haven't had it long enough to know if it works.

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  • I asked my Dad, a habitual early adopter who swears he’s been singing Bradley’s praises since before it was cool. “He’s too big for his britches in the most endearing way, he said.

    Unsung heroes: Matt Bradley

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  • "'Foreign citizens who are single have no right to adopt children... and the age difference between the adopter and the child cannot be more than 45 years,' family, youth and sports minister Mr Pavlenko said."
    - Elton 'cannot adopt in Ukraine', bbc.co.uk, 14 September 2009.

    September 14, 2009