Meaning of “adoption” in the English Dictionary

"adoption" in British English

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(Definition of “adoption” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adoption" in American English

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us /əˈdɑp·ʃən/

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)

"adoption" in Business English

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adoptionnoun [ U ]

uk /əˈdɒpʃən/ us

the process of starting to use a new method, system, law, etc.:

The adoption of tougher credit standards by mortgage lenders is making it hard for borrowers to qualify for new loans.

MARKETING the process of starting to use a new product or service:

Mass adoption of broadband and social networking have made finding customers easier.
Misunderstanding of how these health plans work is preventing widespread adoption.
There has been a huge adoption rate for self-service check-in in the airline industry.

(Definition of “adoption” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)