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adopt (someone/something) as

1. To choose one for a specific role. We were so impressed with her efforts that we adopted her as the new leader of the organization.
2. To claim ownership of something or establish guardianship or someone. I told Marshall my idea for the project last week, and now he has apparently adopted it as his own. My parents adopted me as their son when I was just two months old.
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adopt someone as something

to choose someone as something. The committee will adopt Jane as its candidate.
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adopt something as something

to take on something, such as a policy or principle, as one's own. I will adopt this policy as my own.
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adopt, keep, etc. a ˌhigh/ˌlow ˈprofile

try/try not to attract other people’s interest, attention, etc: If I were you, I’d try and keep a low profile until she’s forgotten about the whole thing.In the run-up to the elections all three candidates maintained a high profile.
See also: high, low, profile
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Then one of them, sticking out his chest and strutting about the room like a pouter-pigeon, suggests quite seriously that that is the style he should adopt.
because I want to adopt you as Arabella was in the story.
I think, then, that we ought to adopt a material excellent in its way and of low price, such as cast iron.
Pendleton's desire to adopt her--and certainly she would not wish to tell her now that she had ever thought for a minute of leaving her--this dear Aunt Polly!
Finding us distinguished, as a nation, by our love of athletic exercises, the little man, in the innocence of his heart, devoted himself impromptu to all our English sports and pastimes whenever he had the opportunity of joining them; firmly persuaded that he could adopt our national amusements of the field by an effort of will precisely as he had adopted our national gaiters and our national white hat.
In nature every species of organic being instinctively adopts and practises those acts which most conduce to the prevalence or supremacy of its kind.
The desire to adopt infants, a preference for a particular race or fear of time-consuming and costly court battles are among the reasons prospective parents have avoided adopting foster kids.
In January, actress Meg Ryan travelled to China to adopt a baby girl.
Whatever the SEC does adopt, Batavick says, will be communicated to FASB, as it impacts its standard-setting.
The Army will adopt the JTCW application for tactical command posts and the Marine Corps will adopt FBCB2 for both platforms and dismounted applications.
The SEC approved amendments to the rule requiring financial institutions to adopt policies and procedures to safeguard customer information.
Because the Adopt a Teacher Program is a personal passion and a HIGH-priority agenda item for me as President of ACEI, I pledge to give $1,000 a year to the program for the next three years.
And, in recent years, same-sex couples have also fought for the right to adopt children, just as they are fighting for the right to legally marry.
At the same time, it has become progressively easier for gay families to gain custody of biological children, conceive biological children through various fertilization methods and services, and adopt children.
But since Gesell suspected that she would never even complete high school, he predicted that "there may be genuine pangs of regret" in store for any parents foolish enough to adopt her as an infant, before her true developmental potential could be known with certainty.