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adoption

noun  /əˈdɑp·ʃən/ us  

adoption noun (TAKING CHILD)

[C/U] the act of taking another person's child legally into your family to raise as your own child: [C] The agency handles about a hundred adoptions a year.

adoption noun (STARTING)

[U] the act of accepting or beginning to use something: The adoption of a different insurance company caused a lot of confusion.
Translations of “adoption”
in Korean 입양…
in Arabic تَبَنِّي…
in Portuguese adoção…
in Catalan adopció…
in Japanese 養子縁組…
in Italian adozione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 領養孩子, 領養,收養…
in Chinese (Simplified) 领养孩子, 领养,收养…
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