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adoption

Syllabification: a·dop·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈdäpSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of adoption in English:

noun

The action or fact of adopting or being adopted: she gave up her children for adoption the widespread adoption of agricultural technology [as modifier]: an adoption agency
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with adoption

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