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 (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"
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For the PTI, the implications of this contradictory strategy have been clear for some time; in addition to alienating many of its core voters and activists (sacrificed at the altar of cultivating wider appeal through the co-optation of large local vote blocs), it has also exposed deep divisions within the party itself.
The past is always subject to editing, omission, co-optation and selective memorization.
Paolo Allegretti as a new director of the Company by co-optation, classifying him as non-independent, in accordance with the applicable regulatory provisions.
Further, he said that the study discussed how civil society mechanisms may legitimise the underlying neoliberal orientation of the agreements through co-optation of critical actors.
For if one part of the system is all about wild performance," writes Pomerantsev of Putin's media calculations,"another is about slow, patient co-optation.
This co-optation, which takes effect immediately, will be subject to ratification by the General Shareholders' Meeting.
This probing in turn permits consideration of dimensions of framing and brokerage, of co-optation and contestation, and of the logic behind activists' strategic decisions of how best to take on a less than liberal state.
Since then, the government has responded with both co-optation and repression.
The trio of co-optation, incapacitation and dispersal, he argues, provides a temporary respite for the state and leaves oil communities of the Delta to contend with the continued degradation of their environment.
Personal access to the prime minister, cabinet ministers and their staff is a central feature of this co-optation process.
Third, we further distinguish benevolent racism from other forms of post-civil rights racisms and offer various examples to illustrate how the co-optation of BLMM's central aims by many of its opponents is consistent with benevolent racism.
A reflection on the protest, one year later, allows us to capture how the political elite expressed their frustrations by deploying six mechanisms of co-optation and threat that politicians used to stifle the protest movements.