Definition of adoption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈdɒpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɑːpʃn//
    Legal processes, Raising children
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of adopting a child She put the baby up for adoption. CollocationsChildrenHaving a baby/​child want a baby/​a child/​kids start a family conceive/​be expecting/​be going to have a baby/​child miss your period become/​get/​be/​find out that you are pregnant have a baby/​a child/​kids/​a son/​a daughter/​twins/​a family have a normal/​a difficult/​an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/​a difficult/​a home birth be in/​go into/​induce labour (especially US English) labor have/​suffer/​cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/​baby/​daughter/​son/​twinsParenting bring up/ (especially North American English) raise a child/​family care for/ (especially British English) look after a baby/​child/​kid change (British English) a nappy/(North American English) a diaper/​a baby feed/​breastfeed/​bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/​go on maternity/​paternity leave go back/​return to work after maternity leave need/​find/​get a babysitter/​good quality affordable childcare balance/​combine work and childcare/​child-rearing/​family life educate/​teach/​home-school a child/​kid punish/​discipline/​spoil a child/​kid adopt a baby/​child/​kid offer a baby for/​put a baby up for adoption (especially British English) foster a child/​kid be placed with/​be raised by foster parents See related entries: Legal processes, Raising children
  2. 2[uncountable] the decision to start using something such as an idea, a plan or a name the adoption of new technology
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (British English, politics) the act of choosing somebody as a candidate for an election his adoption as the Labour candidate
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin adoptio(n-), from ad- ‘to’ + optio(n-) ‘choosing’, from the stem of optare ‘choose’.Extra examples The committee recommended the adoption of new safety procedures. The party announced the formal adoption of George Smith as their election candidate. The widespread adoption of new information technology could save $162 billion a year. They were so happy when the adoption went through successfully. When will the child be available for adoption?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adoption