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American English: /əˈdɑpʃ(ə)n/
British English: /əˈdɒpʃ(ə)n/

Translation of adoption in Spanish:


  • 1.1 uncountable and countable (of child) the number of adoptions has risen
    el número de adopciones ha aumentado
    I'm a Londoner by adoption
    Londres es mi ciudad adoptiva
    (before noun) adoption certificate
    certificado (masculine) de adopción
    1.2 uncountable (of idea, approach, custom, title)
    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.
    1.3 uncountable (of report, motion) 1.4 uncountable (of candidate)
    (British English) (Politics)

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