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

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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Director: Jami Snyder Appointed: 2019 Replaced: Tom Betlach Salary: $198,000 Child Safety Purpose: Responds to child neglect and abuse cases; licenses foster-care agencies; oversees adoptions. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Who runs the state? Here are Arizona's top agency heads (and their salaries)," 16 July 2019 Those open source adoption programs have had a notoriously rough ride, plagued with interoperability issues—just because one town changes its office applications doesn't mean its neighboring towns, parent state, or even its own citizens have. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks," 15 July 2019 Other adoption centers: Helen Woodward Animal Care Center, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, (858) 756-4117 or San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kitty looking for home with plenty of playtime," 15 July 2019 But regulators fear Facebook's massive reach will prompt a rapid adoption of digital money at a time when the sector is largely unregulated. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Forget earnings. The smart money is looking to the future," 14 July 2019 Other players get slightly less, and the federation also pays health insurance as well as maternity and adoption leave. Kevin Baxter,, "On the matter of the USWNT and equal pay, it’s complicated," 13 July 2019 Many dogs were also transported to shelters in Georgia and North Carolina, where there will be adoption events this weekend. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "More than 120 dogs and cats rescued from Hurricane Barry's path in Louisiana," 13 July 2019 Sunday’s Child Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption., "David has mastered many skills," 13 July 2019 Fears around widespread adoption of Libra have been shared by leaders around the globe. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Why governments around the world are afraid of Libra, Facebook’s cryptocurrency," 12 July 2019

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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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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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