Is it correct to say "take algorithm A as the basic method to solve the problem B"?

The Oxford Learner's Dictionary gives the following explanation:

adopt somebody (as something)
(British English, politics) to choose somebody as a candidate in an election or as a representative

I want to know if it is correct to say "adopt A as B" in the context stated above.

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Let's adopt algorithm A as the basic method to solve problem B.

The sentence seems okay to me. The meaning might be more "long lasting" compared with take. Compare:

Let's take algorithm A and use it today, then switch to algorithm B tomorrow.


Let's adopt algorithm A as our basic method and stick to it.

Of course, you can use take and likely even adopt in both sentences, I've only tried to express the possible slight difference of meaning.

When somebody adopts a child, it's usually for a long time, hence the use of the word might imply an intent to use the algorithm for a prolonged time.

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