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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.
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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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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.
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Mercedes was worried that Jose would get picked on in school or get bullied for being adopted.
Many preschoolers don't know the difference between being born into a family and being adopted.
The proposals would see the right extended to the family of children adopted before December 2005, before rules were changed to allow family to contact their birth families.
Because many adopted children have special needs, families may require medical care while in Guangzhou or need expedited processing to get home for treatment.
For example, Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer and Hugh Jackman have all adopted children in America.
Mia Farrow and Meg Ryan have also adopted children from poorer countries.
Of 25 jurisdictions that define substantial equivalency, some use definitions parallel to the UAA's while others have only partly adopted section 3.
The first such treaty is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78), which was adopted in 1973 and modified in 1978.
He and his partner of 14 years, Mark Walden, adopted their daughter four years ago, though they went through a different agency to avoid a conflict of interest.
Those of us who are adopted resonate strongly with the texts that promise us adoption into God's family: we know the depth of the new identity adoption gives us.
Specifically, if the committee's current definitions were to be adopted, companies with approximately $750 million or less in market capitalization would be defined as smaller public companies, and those with approximately $100 million-$120 million or less in market capitalization would be defined as microcap companies.
They say that any standard adopted must be able to communicate with standards already in use elsewhere in the world.
Equally important, the combat developers adopted the positions of no new capabilities beyond what was in the current Service ORDs and of joint interoperability as the ultimate goal.
The collaborative work of author Adrienne Bashista and illustrator Christine Sykes, When I Met You: A Story Of Russian Adoption is a picturebook based on Bashista's own family experience in describing a little girl's life before and after she was adopted from Russia by an American family.
The amendments also require the policies and procedures adopted under the safeguard rule to be in writing.