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adopt (someone or 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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keep a low profile

To avoid drawing attention, scrutiny, or observation to oneself. A: "I haven't seen you in awhile—how are you?" B: "Oh, I'm fine, just keeping a low profile so I can finish my research by the deadline." It's hard for celebrities to keep a low profile when they go out in public.
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adopt someone as something

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

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.
See also: adopt

keep a low profile

Stay out of public notice, avoid attracting attention to oneself. For example, Until his appointment becomes official, Ted is keeping a low profile. This expression alludes to profile in the sense of "a visible contour," a usage dating from the 1600s. [Late 1900s]
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keep a low profile

COMMON If someone keeps a low profile, they avoid doing things that will make people notice them. The president continues to keep a low profile on vacation in Maine. The Home Secretary was keeping a low profile yesterday when the crime figures were announced in the House of Commons. Note: You can also say that you keep something low profile if you try to avoid attracting attention to it. They have been dating for a month and have kept everything very low profile. Note: You can also use low-profile before a noun. There is no need for the presence of any police officers. This is a low-profile event.
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keep (or maintain) a low profile

avoid attracting public notice or comment.
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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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The family travels to China about six weeks after the match, first to the child's home province to adopt their child and then to Guangzhou for their visa interview.
At press time, there were hints that the SEC would adopt the resolution for relief on Section 404.
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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.
The rising number of such children, and the desire of same-sex couples looking to adopt, are trends that are putting a new twist on nontraditional families.
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.
She adds that the local senior center also wants to adopt a floor of students this year, and MSU is working to make that happen.
Oates and Goelzer's views and demonstrate that Congress intended not to reject, but to adopt, the definitional guidance set forth in the SEC's 2000 auditor independence rule--including the rule's definitional exceptions for tax services.
Minnesota indicated that it may be a while before taxpayers will know whether the state will adopt the provisions of the Federal stimulus legislation, and directed taxpayers to "play it safe.
Rather, it obligates the parties to adopt domestic legislation that makes laundering drug proceeds a crime.
Although there is significant Web-enabled or Web native innovation around programs for practice management, clinical and business record keeping, and patient communication, physicians are surprisingly slow to adopt these products in their practices.