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
Synonyms: borrowing

"the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"

Related terms: appropriation misappropriation naturalisation crossover adopt
Similar spelling:   adaptation