Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (kō-ŏpt′, kō′ŏpt′)
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′tion n.
co-op′ta·tive (-tə-tĭv) adj.
co-op′tion n.
co-op′tive adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
election - the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice; "her election of medicine as a profession" - the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
appointment, designation, naming, assignment - the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
References in periodicals archive ?
The co-optation explanation again seems to offer a more convincing answer.
31) Given the mission and reputation of these and other recipients, their federal funding provides counterevidence to charges of biased competition and co-optation.
Egypt employed tactics of co-optation and containment while Hamas was buying time, hoping it could exploit opportunities as they arose.
Will there be a return to the streets or more co-optation by the illusions of power in the suites?
Nevertheless, Iran has increased its reach through a host of methods, including co-operation, co-optation, as well as ideological and financial means.
28 The government adopts a co-optation law, which temporarily allows the Federal Assembly and National Councils to name new MPs without elections.
In the first of several footnotes in the novel, Diaz brings his readers up to speed: "A portly, sadistic, pig-eyed mulatto who bleached his skin, Trujillo came to control nearly every aspect of the DR's political, cultural, social, and economic life through a potent (and familiar) mixture of violence, intimidation, massacre, rape, co-optation, and terror.
In the Middle East, the gravamen of the radical Muslim complaint could be the plight of the Palestinians or the perceived co-optation of Arab regimes by the United States and other Western powers.
Further, Townsend's description of the co-optation of the religious right and the abandonment of the public sphere by the religious left is simple, satisfying and plausible.
Godshalk establishes that blacks had been coming together across class lines in Atlanta and in America on the eve of the riot to articulate a vision of change, but the riot's aftermath and the co-optation of black elites by white leaders precluded any further progress.
It ratified the co-optation of Ms Helle Kristoffersen and of Mr Georges Pauget and renewed their mandates.