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a·dop·tion

adoption

 
 
pronunciation:
dap shn
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act of adopting a child or being adopted by law.
The couple was happy when they found out the adoption was final.My parents told me about my adoption when I was little.
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The word adoption contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
opt2 Latin root that means choose
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-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.