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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Recent Examples on the Web

The opioid crisis has caused a spike in the need for adoption and foster care. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "The White House Can Help Foster Kids," 9 Dec. 2018 There will likely be pockets of service in the U.S. in 2019, but widespread network buildout and adoption by consumers and businesses is likely to take years. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 The plan should be completed and ready for review by the planning commission in April and adoption by city council in May. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Find out which parts of Fairfield receiving 'special scrutiny'," 11 July 2018 Across the country, reactions to the scooter invasion have followed a familiar pattern that includes quick adoption by some residents who love the convenience and hastily scrambled meetings by officials who worry about scooter chaos. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "In the Scooter Wars of 2018, it's not really about the scooters," 21 June 2018 Flag Day, on the 241st anniversary of the symbol’s adoption by Congress, is as necessary and meaningful as ever. The Aegis, "Our flag [Editorial]," 13 June 2018 When a woman is unable to carry a child, adoption is an option. Samantha Saltz, M.d., miamiherald, "Few discuss the emotional toll of struggling to conceive a child," 30 May 2018 And while adoption of Christianity by American slaves wasn't instantaneous, some embraced this new way of seeing God, blending it with their traditional religious identity. Geneva S. Thomas, Teen Vogue, "Royal Wedding: The Significance of Bishop Michael Curry's Sermon," 20 May 2018 After all, adoption is a big commitment, and animals are very cute and like to socialize. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Play with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens this weekend at PAWS Chicago's Angels with Tails event in Gold Coast," 18 May 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 How to pronounce adoption (audio) \

Kids Definition of adoption

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted

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an act or instance of returning to life

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