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adopt (someone or something) as (something)

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 out

1. To place a child or pet with a foster family. A noun or pronoun can be used between "adopt" and "out." After my cat gave birth, I spent the next month trying to adopt the kittens out to various people around town. My mother was always threating to adopt me and my sister out whenever we misbehaved.
2. To move to a new place from one's former home as a result of being adopted. Typically used in passive constructions and followed by "to" or "of." Their daughter was adopted out of Central America as a baby. The small nation has seen many of its children being adopted out to other countries as a result of the devastating war.
See also: adopt, out

keep a low profile

To avoid drawing attention, scrutiny, or observation to oneself. A: "I haven't seen you in a while—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.
See also: keep, low, profile
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: keep, low, profile
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Thereafter, they had little option but to give up their babies to orphanages, where wealthy couples could adopt them legally.
* 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.
The study also says that minority children adopted by white parents are likely to express a desire to be white, and that black transracial adoptees have higher rates of behavioral problems than Asian or Native American children adopted transracially.
The family faces an uphill battle since there is no law in Bahrain that allows expatriates to adopt children.
adoptions." The charts indicate that the number of children adopted annually from the foster care system is twice as great as the number adopted internationally.
Angelina Jolie adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia and more recently, with partner Brad Pitt, her daughter Zahara from Ethiopia.
Both kids were also adopted by Brad Pitt when he got together with the actress after splitting from Jennifer Aniston.
Since jurisdictions have adopted more than one statutory definition of "principal place of business," the AICPA and NASBA agreed that the UAA definition enhances mobility and is easier to implement and enforce.
"Petition is granted and the child is adopted by the petitioners.
Of broader consequence to businesses are the agreement's "administrative definitions." The definition of "sales price" must be adopted by all member states; all businesses that currently file or will file in a member state must carefully examine which components of the model "sales price" definition the state has adopted.
Kristin Chenowith, singer and actress, recently wrote a magazine article about being adopted. She talks about emotions most of us who are adopted have experienced at some point in our lives: recognizing that we don't physically look like our parents, realizing that we don't have the same talents as our parents.
The author is a young African American who was adopted by a white family in New Mexico in the 1970s.
At smaller companies, accountants wear many hats, and may have neither the time or expertise to adopt new standards or account for new transactions.
When a system already exists, a Service can "adopt joint." The Army, Marine Corps, and to a limited extent.
In Brazil, researchers from the private sector and from a consortium of 22 universities have been studying since 2004 whether to create a domestic Brazilian system, adopt an existing one, or develop a standard together with other emerging nations such as South Korea, China or India.