Definition of Adoption in English :

Define Adoption in English

Adoption meaning in English

Meaning of Adoption in English

Pronunciation of Adoption in English

Adoption pronunciation in English

Pronounce Adoption in English


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1. acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal

the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

Example Sentences:
'its adoption by society'
'the proposal found wide acceptance'

2. adoption

a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

3. adoption, borrowing

the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source

Example Sentences:
'the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
1. law
to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
to take on; assume
to adopt a title
to accept (a report, etc)

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verb transitive
to choose and bring into a certain relationship; specif., to take into one's own family by legal process and raise as one's own child
to take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one's own
to choose and follow (a course)
to vote to accept (a committee report, motion, etc.)
to select as a required textbook

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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tr.v. a·dopt·ed, a·dopt·ing, a·dopts
1. To take on the legal responsibilities as parent of (a child that is not one's biological child).
2. To become the owner or caretaker of (a pet, especially one from a shelter).
a. To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent: adopt a new technique.
b. To take up and make one's own: adopt a new idea.
4. To move to or resettle in (a place).
5. To take on or assume: adopted an air of importance.
6. To vote to accept: adopt a resolution.
7. To choose as standard or required in a course: adopt a new line of English textbooks.

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