adoption

Adoption is the act of taking something on as your own. Adoption usually refers to the legal process of becoming a non-biological parent, but it also refers to the act of embracing ideas, habits, or free kittens.

Adoption comes from the Old French word adoptare, meaning "to chose for oneself.” Feel like adding an option? Try adoption. Adoption is the noun form of adopt, so it not only refers to legally taking another person into your family, it can be any time you take something on as your own. If you start dressing like a friend, that's an adoption of your friend's style. If that friend wears micro-miniskirts, your parents might put you up for adoption.

Primary Meanings of adoption

1.
n
a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)
2.
n
the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
3.
n
the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
Full Definitions of adoption
1

n a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

Type of:
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
2

n the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source

Synonyms:
borrowing
Types:
naturalisation, naturalization
changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology
misappropriation
wrongful borrowing
crossover
the appropriation of a new style (especially in popular music) by combining elements of different genres in order to appeal to a wider audience
Type of:
appropriation
a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
3

n the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

“its adoption by society”
Synonyms:
acceptance, acceptation, espousal
Types:
bosom, embrace
a close affectionate and protective acceptance
Type of:
approval, approving, blessing
the formal act of approving

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