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ad-optō āvī, ātus, āre,

to take by choice, select, choose, adopt: alqm sibi defensorem sui iuris: eum sibi patronum. —Esp., to take into a family, adopt as a child: eum adoptavit heredemque fecit, N.: alqm in regnum, as successor to the throne, S.— Poet.: fac ramus ramum adoptet (by grafting), O.

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