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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.
See also: adopt

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.
See also: keep, low, profile
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

keep (or maintain) a low profile

avoid attracting public notice or comment.
See also: keep, low, profile
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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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Rather than paying for an ad in your local newspaper, try writing up a news release about the adoption event you're hosting or the fact that you have adoptable animals at your store.
A council report says: "At this time, there are unfortunately no funding sources that would assist the city in contributing to bring the roads across Sefton Park, that are part-owned by the city, to an adoptable standard, but efforts will continue to made to secure such funding."
"I have also noted the use of the phrase 'adoptable commodity' by social workers to describe children.
In light of the presence of problem behaviors in some shelter animals, it seems advantageous to develop a program to reduce or eliminate these behaviors in order to make shelter animals more adoptable. It seems that developing such a program would increase the likelihood that shelter animals would be adopted and decrease the likelihood that these animals would have to be put to death.
In official eyes Bert was now adoptable, allowed to stay with his foster dads and siblings only until the state of Florida found a more appropriate--read "heterosexual"--permanent home.
Despite the positive changes sparked by the no-kill movement, no-kill shelters are often criticized for rejecting animals that managers don't think are adoptable. Mason says that in "an ideal world" all needy pets would be accepted, but selectivity is necessary to ensure that all the animals are eventually adopted.
The system enables a "cost-effective reporting system that is highly adoptable across the entire organization," the company adds.
"This agreement underscores our extensive work in making StarCore's leading-edge, licensable processor technology the most easily adoptable solution."
The North American Council on Adoptable Children's 1991 study, "Barriers to Same Race Placement," found that African American-run adoption agencies successfully placed 94 percent of black children with black families.
NO MORE HOMELESS PETS IN UTAH, a statewide coalition of animal welfare groups, is already making great strides toward its goal of eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable pets in Utah by 2005.
New York, NY, June 07, 2019 --( Adoptable!, is a six-part original comedy series written by and starring filmmaker Scott Lowell (Queer as Folk, Bones).
(, a leading global cannabis and hemp wellness brand for pets, has donated to Second Chance Dogs ( to help support their training program and raise awareness for adoptable dogs.
Users can add up to 2TB of extra storage, on top of the 32GB internal storage. With a new Android feature called adoptable storage, the card will merge with internal storage so that it shows up as one save location.
"Fundraisers like the Woof Walk not only help with our medical expenses and help to find homes for adoptable animals, but it helps to bolster our building fund," she added.