adoption

noun adop·tion \ ə-ˈdäp-shən \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of adoption

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted

Examples of adoption in a Sentence

  1. They chose adoption because they couldn't have children of their own.

  2. children who are available for adoption

  3. Our lawyer has handled many adoptions.

  4. our adoption of local customs

  5. the company's adoption of new technology

  6. the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the Senate

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Origin and Etymology of adoption

Middle English adopcioun, borrowed from Anglo-French adopciun, borrowed from Latin adoptiōn-, adoptiō, from ad- ad- + optiōn-, optiō "right to choose, choice, 1option"


ADOPTION Defined for English Language Learners

adoption

noun

Definition of adoption for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

adoption

noun adop·tion \ ə-ˈdäp-shən \

Definition of adoption for Students

: the act of adopting : the state of being adopted


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