adopt·​ee | \ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē \

Definition of adoptee 

: one who is adopted

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MyHeritage, an Israeli genealogy company, is donating 15,000 DNA kits to adoptees seeking their biological parents as part of an initiative called DNA Quest. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Free DNA test from MyHeritage can help adoptees find biological parents," 14 Mar. 2018 Previously, most adoptees would not be able to see those records unless the birth parent had given consent for that information to be released. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Gas tax hike, sex ed and eyeball tattooing: here are the new laws taking effect July 1," 29 June 2018 On Thursday, MyHeritage offered 5,000 testing kits as an extension of their pro bono initiative to reunite adoptees with their biological families. John Moore, National Geographic, "Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.," 25 June 2018 But there just wasn’t as much awareness about the importance of preserving an adoptee’s culture. The Cut, The Cut, "The Adopted Mom Who Cherishes Her Biological Daughter," 21 June 2018 For the first time, adoptees could learn the names of birth parents. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Like a generation of women, my unwed birth mother kept a lifelong secret: Me," 8 Mar. 2018 Playing football is a dream Brown has pursued since watching his older brother, an adoptee from Haiti, excel in the sport in Texas. J.c. Carnahan,, "Lake Brantley tailback Amani Brown thrives despite losing right foot as a child," 15 June 2018 On Friday, Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, doubled down on Iran's right to enrich uranium, even as the country seeks a path to maintain the nuclear deal with the other adoptees. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "US policy shifts on Mideast increase tensions in a region on edge," 12 May 2018 Carroll, herself an adoptee, incisively looks at the many dimensions of the characters —particularly the mother's blindness to privilege — that Alam sets up to tell this multifacted story. Carolyn Kellogg,, "Books: Rumaan Alam's and motherhood, Michael Ondaatje's latest, Samantha Irby's revealing essays and more in books," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of adoptee

1849, in the meaning defined above

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adopt·​ee | \ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē \

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: a person who is adopted

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