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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Mariyah is legally freed for adoption and would do well in a one- or two-parent family., "Mariyah likes to stay busy with arts and crafts, dance," 16 June 2019 Santiago said the county is offering discounts on their normal animal adoption rates to help alleviate the overflow. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Maricopa County's animal facility in Mesa quarantined after distemper found in some dogs," 5 June 2019 The city claims to have increased the pet adoption rate from 30 percent in 2010 to 90 percent today. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "The animal shelter is full again. Here’s how you can save some lives," 19 June 2018 South Korean internet is the best in world, with average broadband adoption rate of 26.1 megabits. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "South Korea's Already Great Internet Gets Even Greater," 10 May 2018 First-year Labo sales are projected to be 3.4 million to 10 million units, according to four estimates compiled by Bloomberg, with adoption rates per console seen at 8 to 30 percent. Hideki Sagiike, The Seattle Times, "Nintendo hopes to build on Switch console’s appeal with cardboard attachments," 22 Apr. 2018 Of the non-participating facilities, HRC found a slight improvement over last year’s results but much lower adoption rates of LGBTQ-inclusive policies when compared to the participating facilities. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, "Hospitals make 'tremendous strides' toward LGBTQ-inclusive care, report finds," 2 Apr. 2018 The basic adoption rate is normally $75, according to the website which includes spaying or neutering the dog, vaccinations and an identifying microchip. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "BARCS waives adoption fees for dogs on Opening Day in Baltimore," 29 Mar. 2018 But these efforts haven't been translating into a wider adoption of those best practices—which is why was formed. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "New open source effort: Legal code to make reporting security bugs safer," 2 Aug. 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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