|1.||[ noun ] the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception|
|Synonyms:||acceptance espousal acceptation|
"its adoption by society" "the proposal found wide acceptance"
|Related terms:||blessing embrace adopt accept|
|2.||[ noun ] (law) 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)|
|Related terms:||proceeding law|
|3.||[ noun ] the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source|
"the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"
|Related terms:||appropriation misappropriation naturalisation crossover adopt|