1. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

- its adoption by society

Similar word(s): acceptance, acceptation, espousal

Definition categories: act, approval, approving, blessing

2. a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

Definition categories: act, proceeding, proceedings

3. the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source

Similar word(s): borrowing

Definition categories: act, appropriation

Sentences with adoption as a noun:

- A Chinese baby girl was given away for adoption.

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