/əˈdɑːpʃən/ noun, pl -tions
: the act or process of adopting someone or something: such as
a : the act or process of adopting a child

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

children who are available for adoption

an adoption agency

She decided to put/give the baby up for adoption. [=to make it possible for other people to adopt the baby]


Our lawyer has handled many adoptions.

b [noncount] : the act or process of beginning to use something new or different

our adoption of local customs

the company's adoption of new technology

c [noncount] : the act or process of giving official acceptance or approval to something

the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the Senate

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • adoption — adop·tion …   English syllables

  • adoptionism — adop·tion·ism …   English syllables

  • adoptionist — adop·tion·ist …   English syllables

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