• The act of adopting.
  • The state of being adopted; the acceptance of a child of other parents as if he or she were one's own child.
  • Admission to an institution, for example a hospital, clinic, mental asylum.
  • The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance
  • Transfer between an old system to another (usually better) system.
  • An act of divine grace by which the redeemed in Christ are admitted to the privileges of the sons of God.
  • Ten consecutive wins against an opponent.


  • French adoption, Latin adoptio, allied to adoptare.

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