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

the company wants to speed up its adoption of new technology. Our adoption of local customs has gone slowly. The lawyer has handled countless adoptions. children who are available for adoption the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the Senate
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Recent Examples on the Web Overall, Covid-19 spurred greater tech adoption among seniors, even those resistant or hesitant to use it. Dr. Eric George, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The impoverished country's vaunted adoption of bitcoin as legal tender on Tuesday was marred by street protests, technical glitches and an extreme drop in the value of the controversial digital currency. Charles Riley, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 The couple - which has two rescue dogs, Bella and Buddy - hope to raise awareness of the benefits of pet adoption, specifically large dogs. Matt Young, Chron, 7 Sep. 2021 The daughter she was forced to give up for adoption, Kate, narrates her struggle to care for her unfaithful, alcoholic husband and their daughter. The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 For that separation to be replicated again seven months later when I was placed from foster care to adoption, another bond and attachment broken. Jenn Selby,, 23 Aug. 2021 Yet clean energy experts and advocates say there are several roadblocks to widespread adoption, including high costs, lack of confidence by consumers, and ignorance of the technology among many heating contractors., 21 Aug. 2021 Widespread adoption of the boycott, which gained momentum on social media around the hashtag #ActBlizzWalkout, amplified its impact and limited any one person’s risk of potential retaliation. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Funds are to help with adoption, spay and neuter services and vaccinations. The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021

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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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The first known use of adoption was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2021

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“Adoption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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