adop·​tion | \ ə-ˈdäp-shən How to pronounce adoption (audio) \

Definition of adoption

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted

Examples of adoption in a Sentence

the company wants to speed up its adoption of new technology. Our adoption of local customs has gone slowly. The lawyer has handled countless adoptions. children who are available for adoption the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the Senate
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Recent Examples on the Web The study predicts high levels of EV adoption 20 years from now. Annie White, Car and Driver, 9 June 2021 The product of that workshop would be published in August with the goal of final adoption by a probable November deadline. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 8 June 2021 Concorde’s launch heralded expectations of the wider adoption of supersonic flying, only for airlines and aircraft makers to opt for planes such as the Boeing 747 that were cheaper to fly. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 3 June 2021 The instability and unreliable nature of bitcoin (and its general lack of adoption outside of a cryptocurrency exchange) will prevent it from being able to correlate like the dollar does with gold. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2021 Requiring constant public urging from prominent influencers to keep retail investors engaged, cryptocurrencies may never be ready for the kind of widespread adoption their fans believe is inevitable. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 But the adoption program has hardly been selective., 15 May 2021 But the adoption program has hardly been selective. Dave Philipps, New York Times, 15 May 2021 The team built out a few key use cases with business partners who were part of the initial adoption program and showcased them around the company as one-pagers coupled with frequent demos and internal trainings. Forbes, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of adoption

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adoption

Middle English adopcioun, borrowed from Anglo-French adopciun, borrowed from Latin adoptiōn-, adoptiō, from ad- ad- + optiōn-, optiō "right to choose, choice, option entry 1"

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The first known use of adoption was in the 14th century

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15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adoption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adoption

: the act or process of adopting a child
: the act or process of beginning to use something new or different
: the act or process of giving official acceptance or approval to something


adop·​tion | \ ə-ˈdäp-shən How to pronounce adoption (audio) \

Kids Definition of adoption

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted


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