Definition of adoption in English:



  • [mass noun] The action or fact of adopting or being adopted.

    ‘she gave up her children for adoption’
    ‘the widespread adoption of agricultural technology’
    • ‘The adoption of fusionist policies by Lombards and Venetians alike proved futile.’
    • ‘They fear that it will adversely affect their position in the country of their adoption.’
    • ‘Dylan is just 15 months old and was placed for adoption within days of being born.’
    • ‘The Scottish executive plans to legislate to change the law, extending rights of adoption.’
    • ‘A number of myths exist about who may adopt and about the unwieldy processes which exist in adoption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course adoption services must give the full facts to prospective parents.’
    • ‘Its adoption in Australia as a single variety is an interesting development.’
    • ‘She enters into a pact with a doctor who helps her deliver the baby and give it up for adoption.’
    • ‘Nor is it difficult to understand the process and reasoning that led to its adoption.’
    • ‘This is of course due to unscrupulous organisations taking advantage of its adoption.’
    • ‘An application was then made to put the child up for adoption and again, the mother had to represent herself.’
    • ‘The adoption of technology specific legislation is therefore not the answer.’
    • ‘The net result was that the number of adoption applications began, inexorably, to fall.’
    • ‘They had commissioned a study of the model pioneered in Scotland for possible adoption in Italy.’
    • ‘A Scotland on Sunday survey of adoption of the code in city centre pubs painted a mixed picture.’
    • ‘When children need to live with a permanent new family adoption would always be considered first.’
    • ‘The emerging local plan is at an early stage in the process of adoption and could be subject to change.’
    • ‘I have never been able to discover exactly why she was given up for 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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Middle English: from Latin adoptio(n-), from ad- to + optio(n-) choosing (see option).