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1    acceptance, approbation, appropriation, approval, assumption, choice, embracing, endorsement, espousal, following, maintenance, ratification, selection, support, taking on, taking over, taking up  
2    adopting, fosterage, fostering, taking in  
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  ( adopts    3rd person present)   ( adopting    present participle)   ( adopted    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you adopt a new attitude, plan, or way of behaving, you begin to have it.  
Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the complete withdrawal of troops...      V n  
   adoption             n-uncount  
...the adoption of Japanese management practices by British manufacturing.     
2       verb   If you adopt someone else's child, you take it into your own family and make it legally your son or daughter.  
There are hundreds of people desperate to adopt a child...      V n  
The adopted child has the right to see his birth certificate.      V-ed, Also V  
  adopter     ( adopters    plural)    n-count  
A social worker is appointed to interview the prospective adopters.     
   adoption            ( adoptions    plural)    n-var  
They gave their babies up for adoption...     

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