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
Recent Examples on the Web Shelters from South Elgin, Illinois to Pittsburgh have begun receiving the dogs, which will get medical exams, vaccinations and other treatments before becoming available for adoption. Reuters, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 The Pomeranian abandoned in Dedham last month will be put up for adoption, according to the Dedham Police Department., 9 Aug. 2022 Safe havens offer desperate mothers a way to surrender their newborns anonymously for adoption, and, advocates say, avoid hurting, abandoning or even killing them. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 Possibly the most popular post was playing with some of the 30 dogs currently waiting for adoption at the rescue. Shelley Jones, Chicago Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Although the horses are up for adoption, BLM only monitors adopted horses for the first year. CBS News, 6 Aug. 2022 An agency spokesman said lawmakers did not intend to put the children up for adoption. Diana Durán, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 The nurse then suggests Imogen considers putting her baby up for adoption. Seventeen, 4 Aug. 2022 WeChat posts about giving dogs up for adoption were repeatedly censored. Jerrine Tan, Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Adoption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

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: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted


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