• (GA) IPA: /əˈdɑp.ʃən/
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈdɒp.ʃən/


  1. The act of adopting.
  2. The state of being adopted; the acceptance of a child of other parents as if he or she were one's own child.
    A Chinese baby girl was given away for adoption.
  3. Admission to an institution, for example a hospital, clinic, mental asylum.
    the adoption of people into hospitals or monasteries
  4. The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance
    the adoption of opinions
    the adoption of words from another language
  5. (computing) Transfer between an old system to another (usually better) system.
    Our company is considering the adoption of a four-day week.
  6. (theology) An act of divine grace by which the redeemed in Christ are admitted to the privileges of the sons of God.
  7. (informal, jocular, chess) Ten consecutive wins against an opponent.
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