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English definition of “adoption”

adoption

noun [C or U] (TAKING CHILD)    /əˈdɒp.ʃən/ US  /-ˈdɑːp-/
B2 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.Parenting and caring for children
(Definition of adoption noun (TAKING CHILD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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