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.

Definitions of adoption
  1. noun
    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)
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    type of:
    legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  2. noun
    the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
    synonyms: borrowing
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    naturalisation, naturalization
    changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology
    wrongful borrowing
    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:
    a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
  3. noun
    the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
    “its adoption by society”
    synonyms: acceptance, acceptation, espousal
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    bosom, embrace
    a close affectionate and protective acceptance
    type of:
    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
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