‘Adapt’ and ‘adopt’ share similar spellings and similar meanings, but they are not one and the same.
To ‘adapt’ is to become or make something suitable to an environment or condition.
- It took me a long time after college to adapt to life in the office.
- An inability to adapt will prove an obstacle on the road to success.
- To ‘adopt’ is to take something and use it as or make it your own.
- I adopted his policy of neutrality and stayed out of trouble.
- We are planning to adopt a child.