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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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Encarnacion said officials now run an adoption scheme, under which not only will those who adopt a dog be adopting for the sake of adoption "but will be adopting a trained dog that could be part of their family.
Giving them dog training is the best way we think to encourage residents to adopt a dog.
In a speech before the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in September 2004, IASB Chairman Sir David Tweedie outlined the complexities that led the board to adopt a revised IAS 39, which he called a "complex" and "carefully crafted" approach to bridging fair-value accounting with traditional, cost-based accrual methods.
But the future of the districts' funding still remains at the hands of the state, which has yet to adopt its budget.
If the fiscal-year individual later desires to change to a calendar year, it is generally possible to do so by filing Form 1128, Application to Adopt, Change, or Retain a Tax Year, which the taxpayer may assume to be approved unless the Service informs him otherwise (Rev.
5G handsets adopts NOR ranging from 256MB to 320MB.
For more information on how to adopt a foster child, call Appel of the alliance at (213) 368-6010.
If a state fails to adopt regulations to enforce Gramm-Leach-Bliley, it will lose its authority to override certain federal insurance consumer protections.
The student who adopts him or her pledges to praise the student's willpower, to offer reassurance and to be there when needed.
The adoptive family adopts the embryo(s) and gives birth to the child(ren).
Only adopt after others, when the innovation has been both adopted and adapted to local circumstances.