Meaning of adoption in English:

adoption

Pronunciation /əˈdɒpʃ(ə)n/

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noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or fact of legally taking another's child and bringing it up as one's own, or the fact of being adopted.

    ‘she placed a child for adoption when she was a teenager’
    • ‘private adoptions are illegal in Britain’
    • ‘A number of myths exist about who may adopt and about the unwieldy processes which exist in adoption.’
    • ‘Of course adoption services must give the full facts to prospective parents.’
    • ‘The adoption of fusionist policies by Lombards and Venetians alike proved futile.’
    • ‘The emerging local plan is at an early stage in the process of adoption and could be subject to change.’
    • ‘Its adoption in Australia as a single variety is an interesting development.’
    • ‘They fear that it will adversely affect their position in the country of their adoption.’
    • ‘Nor is it difficult to understand the process and reasoning that led to its adoption.’
    • ‘The adoption of technology specific legislation is therefore not the answer.’
    • ‘The supercomputing crowd tends to set the pace for technology adoption across the server market.’
    • ‘The cute toddler was put up for adoption within days of being born and has already overcome a liver transplant.’
    • ‘An application was then made to put the child up for adoption and again, the mother had to represent herself.’
    • ‘The Scottish executive plans to legislate to change the law, extending rights of adoption.’
    • ‘They had commissioned a study of the model pioneered in Scotland for possible adoption in Italy.’
    • ‘I have never been able to discover exactly why she was given up for adoption.’
    • ‘Dylan is just 15 months old and was placed for adoption within days of being born.’
    • ‘When children need to live with a permanent new family adoption would always be considered first.’
    • ‘The net result was that the number of adoption applications began, inexorably, to fall.’
    • ‘A Scotland on Sunday survey of adoption of the code in city centre pubs painted a mixed picture.’
    • ‘She enters into a pact with a doctor who helps her deliver the baby and give it up for adoption.’
    • ‘This is of course due to unscrupulous organisations taking advantage of its adoption.’
    assumption, assuming, taking on, acquiring, acquisition, affecting, affectation, espousal, advocacy, promotion, appropriation, arrogation
    selection, choosing, choice, voting in, election, electing, naming, nominating, nomination, designation, designating, appointment, appointing
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  • 2The action or fact of choosing to take up, follow, or use something.

    • ‘the widespread adoption of agricultural technology’

Origin

Middle English from Latin adoptio(n-), from ad- ‘to’ + optio(n-) ‘choosing’ (see option).