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adoption

noun uk   /əˈdɒp.ʃən/ us    /-ˈdɑːp-/

adoption noun (TAKING CHILD)

B2 [C or U] the act of legally taking a child to be taken care of as your own: She was homeless and had to put her child up for adoption (= ask for the child to be taken by someone else as their own). The last ten years have seen a dramatic fall in the number of adoptions.

adoption noun (STARTING TO USE)

[U] accepting or starting to use something new: Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel.

adoption noun (CHOOSING)

[U] choosing or taking something as your own: England was Conrad's country of adoption. The adoption of a woman candidate was seen as controversial.
(Definition of adoption from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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