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noun adoption pronunciation in British English /əˈdɒpʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the process of making a child legally part of your family, or an instance of this

    For many childless couples, adoption is the best solution.

    She had put her son up for adoption.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the decision to use or accept a particular idea, method, law, or attitude
    adoption of:

    We will encourage a wider adoption of this strategy for pollution control.

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