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tr.v. co-opt·ed, co-opt·ing, co-opts
1. To elect as a fellow member of a group.
2. To appoint summarily.
3. To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
4. To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture: co-opt rebels by giving them positions of authority.
[Latin cooptāre : co-, co- + optāre, to choose.]
co-op′ta·tive (-tə-tĭv) adj.
1. to choose as a member.
2. to assimilate or win over into a larger group.
3. to appropriate as one's own; preempt.
[1645–55; < Latin cooptāre]
co`-op•ta′tion, co-op′tion, n.
co-op′ta•tive (-ˈɒp tə tɪv) co-op′tive, adj.
co-opt- "To select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members," it is from Latin cooptare, "to choose as a colleague or member of one's tribe"; its sense of "take over" came by 1953.
See also related terms for vote.
Past participle: co-opted
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|Verb||1.||co-opt - choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague; "The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"|
elect - select by a vote for an office or membership; "We elected him chairman of the board"
|2.||co-opt - neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group; "We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance"|
neutralize - make politically neutral and thus inoffensive; "The treaty neutralized the small republic"
|3.||co-opt - appoint summarily or commandeer; "The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups"|
|4.||co-opt - take or assume for one's own use; "He co-opted the criticism and embraced it"|