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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To spur adoption, Japanese internet companies are... River Davis, WSJ, "Smartphone-Wielding Chinese Tourists Challenge Cash’s Reign," 3 Mar. 2019 The show, which is in the middle of its 14-episode season, airs every Sat morning at 8 AM, featuring a new adoption story every week. 2. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About The CW's Adorable New Show “Ready, Set, Pet”," 29 Jan. 2019 Or, at least, nobody’s stuck with it long enough to force adoption. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 Bruno, who was spotted by VICE, is currently up for adoption at Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove, Illinois. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Facebook Has Fallen in Love With Bruno the “High Maintenance" Cat," 17 Aug. 2018 While the actor playing Chic looks nothing like the Black Hood, MTV points out that Chic has the motive to want to rid Riverdale of sinners, as he was given up for adoption at birth and grew up without a family. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Mystery of the Riverdale Black Hood Keeps Getting More Confusing," 22 Apr. 2018 More than 115,000 storm drains are up for adoption at Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Houston leaders ask residents to Adopt A Drain to keep storm waters flowing," 19 Apr. 2018 These are some of the animals available for adoption at Lake Humane Society. Roxanne Washington,, "Lake County animals for adoption: shy Caleb, Minerva keeps to herself (photos)," 8 Mar. 2018 Hulu executives noticed an uptick in adoption and retention rates, the person said. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Hulu Raises Price of Live TV Service, Cuts Cost of Basic Plan," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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