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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.
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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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While efforts to recruit more adopters have been successful, we need to see even greater numbers coming forward and, if we are to meet the needs of the children currently waiting the longest, we need those potential adopters to be open to a range of children, especially those sibling groups.
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As an early adopter myself, as well as a self-identified Facebook and Twitter addict, I'll have to admit the lure of Google+ is strong.
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One adoptive mother took her baby when he or she was only ten days old and met the birth mother for two days, the other adopter when the baby was 19 days old.
Therefore, it is of great interest to determine the characteristics of customers within each adopter category (Brown & Duguid, 1991; Burruss, 2003; Haggman, 2009; MacVaugh & Schiavone, 2010; Martinez, Polo, & Flavian, 1998; Moore, 1999; Ozdemir & Trott, 2009).