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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Yet, the adoption of music and video streaming as a primary entertainment format is gradually reshaping the local industry's power dynamics. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "India Beyond Bollywood: How YouTube & Other Streaming Services Are Rewiring the Local Music Industry," 25 June 2018 Doctored graphs showing purported correlations between rates of autism and GMO crop adoption, or suggested links between genetic engineering and cancer rates, have become widespread internet memes. Mark Lynas, WSJ, "Confession of an Anti-GMO Activist," 22 June 2018 Libby the kitten is available for adoption, and the police department advised that anyone interested contact the Humane Society at 734-721-7300. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Kitten rescued by Livonia police on I-96 is up for adoption," 21 May 2018 For more information, or to see pets that are available for adoption, visit http://www.pontchartrainhumanesociety.org/ or like them on Facebook. Christian Scaffidi, NOLA.com, "Pontchartrain Humane Society Pet Adoption Day is May 12," 9 May 2018 Pet Adoption Event Countdown 2 Zero, the largest one-day pet adoption event in the county is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The center in Aberdeen will support development, adoption and implementation of additive manufacturing as an industry technology. David Anderson, The Aegis, "National additive manufacturing research center coming to Aberdeen," 3 July 2018 During this period, from the iPod in 2001 through the iPhone X today, the white, Apple earbuds have achieved universal adoption. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018 The group plans eventually to add an adoption service to the facility. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "To prepare for soccer's World Cup, Russia is killing stray dogs. Animal-rights activists are fighting back," 6 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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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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