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adoption

noun
     
a‧dop‧tion
1 [uncountable and countable] the act or process of adopting a child:
She decided to put the baby up for adoption.
2 [uncountable] the act of starting to use a particular plan, method, way of speaking etc
3 [uncountable] British English the choice of a particular person to represent a political party in an election

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