One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To adopt (a person who is not subject to the legal power of another). Also without object: to adopt in this way.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Granger (1578–?1627), Church of England clergyman and author. From classical Latin adrogāt-, past participial stem of adrogāre (also arrogāre) arrogate.
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