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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Intel and Comcast are also working to drive adoption of 802.11ax, which is also called Wi-Fi 6, the executives said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops," 7 Jan. 2019 Business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have supported the adoption of such a database, as have consumer advocates, including the National Consumer Law Center. Tony Romm, The Seattle Times, "The FCC has a new plan to combat unwanted robocalls and spammy texts," 20 Nov. 2018 Within a matter of months of working with a New York adoption agency in 2016 though, Hoda's wishes came true. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Hoda Kotb's Birthday Instagram of Her Daughter Haley Joy Is So Precious," 9 Aug. 2018 They were all placed by Louise Wise Services, a well-connected adoption agency in New York. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Documentary explores a dark family reunion," 13 July 2018 In a recent briefing in Washington, DC, one longtime Myanmar expert described the adoption of Facebook that followed this sudden uptick in connectivity as the fastest in the world. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 They were all placed by Louise Wise Services, a well-connected adoption agency in New York. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Three Identical Strangers:' A fascinating, if incomplete, puzzle," 5 July 2018 Through the now-defunct Louise Wise adoption agency, an unknown number of twins and triplets were placed in different homes and secretly observed for years by researchers who diligently made home visits. Amy Kaufman,, "The surreal, sad story behind the acclaimed new doc 'Three Identical Strangers'," 1 July 2018 It’s estimated 13 children were separated from their siblings by Louise Wise Services, an adoption agency in New York catering to Jewish families, for participation in Neubauer’s study., "The Extremely Dark Side To The Buzzy Documentary Three Identical Strangers," 28 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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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 \

Kids Definition of adoption

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted

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