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Difference Between Adapt and Adopt

Homophones are the words having similar spelling (or) pronunciation but with different meanings.


Here, Adapt and Adopt form a pair of Homophones. Let’s move on to find out the difference between the two.

What does adapt mean?

▪ to adjust; to modify according to the situation

  1. Human beings adapt themselves to different climates.
  2. The writer adapted his novel for comedy movies.
  3. Organizations may take some time to adapt to change.
  4. The play was adapted from a Russian short story.

What does adopt mean?

▪ to acquire; to make something your own

  1. Ritu adopted ‘Rhyme’ as her nickname.
  2. We have decided to adopt a child.
  3. Students should adopt good qualities from their teacher.

▪ to make use of; to learn

  1. You should not adopt unfair means to secure good marks.
  2. We want them to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

What’s the difference?

  1. Pronunciation of Adapt: uh-da-pt
    Pronunciation of Adopt: uh-do-pt
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