Adopt or Adapt?

These two words are frequently confused, but the distinction is easy:

ADOPT means to take as one’s own. You adopt a child or take something as it is. You’ve probably also heard the phrase “early adopter”; that’s a person who uses new technology as soon as it is released. That may be you.

ADAPT means to change something to suit your needs. You adapt yourself to living in Boston after having moved there from Australia.

© Judi Birnberg

© Judi Birnberg



Filed under All things having to do with the English language

4 responses to “Adopt or Adapt?

  1. Janet Papkin

    I hope someone ADOPTS that painting!

    xo Janet

    Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:59:45 +0000 To:


  2. Virginia Halstead

    love seeing your beautiful artwork with your post! ~ ~ virginia



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