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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.
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|Noun||1.||co-optation - 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"
|2.||co-optation - the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)|
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