adoption

noun
adop·tion | \ ə-ˈdäp-shən \

Definition of adoption 

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted

Examples of adoption in a Sentence

They chose adoption because they couldn't have children of their own. children who are available for adoption Our lawyer has handled many adoptions. our adoption of local customs the company's adoption of new technology the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the Senate
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Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child or children currently in foster care awaiting adoption. BostonGlobe.com, "Jonathan and Violette both love playing outside," 14 July 2018 California has long been a place where the government has tried to influence the quality of life by enacting a ban on this, or a mandatory adoption of that. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Neckties may be next to face a ban in California, if mayor's proposal gains traction," 13 July 2018 There is no place for bigotry or discrimination in our foster and adoption systems – or in any part of our democracy. NBC News, "House Republicans advance adoption amendment critics say is 'anti-LGBTQ'," 12 July 2018 Image Her family drove 30 hours from Minnesota to enter her in the contest, which is actually a celebration of unsightly dogs and is intended to promote pet adoption. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog, ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ Dies at 9," 10 July 2018 The first myth is that the American electorate’s embrace of Donald Trump, and the Republican Party’s broader adoption of xenophobic populism, were both products of the federal government’s persistent failure to secure our nation’s borders. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 After all, these are not technologies that are high priced today and simply waiting for wider adoption to reduce those costs. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 This article was written in 2008, so Block probably had not taken account of social media, then not yet in broad adoption. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018 Affordable Chrome OS laptops with good serviceability also fast-forwarded Chrome OS' adoption in schools. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to adoption

put/give the baby up for adoption

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adoption

noun

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

adoption

noun
adop·tion | \ ə-ˈdäp-shən \

Kids Definition of adoption

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted

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