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 Spanish Cabinet agreed in February to go ahead with its adoption despite threats of retaliatory tariffs by the Trump administration. Thomas Adamson,, "European countries slam US for suspending tech tax talks," 18 June 2020 But to millions of other Americans, the flag is a source of anguish as a symbol of a war ignited by the South's desire to save slavery and due to its postbellum adoption by the Ku Klux Klan. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "NASCAR, Confederate flags, and the pace of change in America," 16 June 2020 The meeting went on with a continuation of their possible adoption of an ordinance that would provide additional payment to AARK Engineering, LLC for construction services of up to $116,303. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire cancels July 4 celebration, approves $4 million for infrastructure," 16 June 2020 Many couples, hoping to defray the costs of fertility treatments or adoption, wind up turning to grants, fertility loans, or even GoFundMe pages. Molly Longman,, "The Hidden Costs Of Starting A Family When Queer," 15 June 2020 From a paleoepidemiological perspective, the most significant event in our species’ history was the adoption of farming. Charlotte Roberts, The Conversation, "What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them," 15 June 2020 This model should also encourage internet adoption, which is tied to value proposition. Daniel Berninger, Wired, "The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First," 13 June 2020 While Indianapolis has modified each of the state's previous reopening stages, their adoption of Stage 4 is very similar to the statewide plan. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's what will remain closed in Indianapolis' Stage 4 of reopening," 11 June 2020 Two more hours of testimony could be heard Thursday, when the City Council is scheduled to propose amendments and vote on its adoption. oregonlive, "Cut $50 million in Portland police funding among public’s budget demands to city officials," 11 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Adoption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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