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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dop-shuh n]
    • /əˈdɒp ʃən/
    • /əˈdɒp.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dop-shuh n]
    • /əˈdɒp ʃən/

Definitions of adoption word

  • noun adoption the act of adopting: the adoption of a new amendment. 1
  • noun adoption the state of being adopted. 1
  • noun adoption The action or fact of adopting or being adopted. 1
  • noun adoption parenting of child not blood-related 1
  • noun adoption appropriation: of idea 1
  • noun adoption role: taking on 1

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Origin of adoption

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English adopcioun < Latin adoptiōn-, stem of adoptiō. See ad-, option

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Adoption


adoption popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adoption usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adoption

noun adoption

  • acceptance — Acceptance of an offer or a proposal is the act of saying yes to it or agreeing to it.
  • ratification — the act of ratifying; confirmation; sanction.
  • maintenance — the act of maintaining: the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
  • approval — If you win someone's approval for something that you ask for or suggest, they agree to it.
  • selection — an act or instance of selecting or the state of being selected; choice.

Antonyms for adoption

noun adoption

  • refusal — an act or instance of refusing.
  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.
  • rejection — the act or process of rejecting.
  • opposition — the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
  • pass — to move past; go by: to pass another car on the road.

Top questions with adoption

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  • why is adoption so expensive?
  • how does adoption work?
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