- 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.
- A Chinese baby girl was given away for .
- 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.
Etymology: adoptio, allied to adoptare to adopt.
- Spanish: adopción
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