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English definition of “adoption”

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.
(Definition of adoption from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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