adoption (plural adoptions)
- The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, The Tragedy in Dartmoor Terrace:
- “The story of this adoption is, of course, the pivot round which all the circumstances of the mysterious tragedy revolved. Mrs. Yule had an only son, namely, William, to whom she was passionately attached ; but, like many a fond mother, she had the desire of mapping out that son's future entirely according to her own ideas. […]”
- A Chinese baby girl was given away for adoption.
- Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another.
- The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions.
- (computing) Transfer between an old system to another (usually better) system.
- Our school is considering the adoption of Wiktionary as the standard dictionary.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Genitive singular form of adoptio.
adoption f (plural adoptions)
- “adoption” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).