An example of co-opt is a person who gets himself elected to a homeowners association and rewrites the bylaws so he gives himself the freedom to make decisions without the rest of the board's approval.
- to add (a person or persons) to a group by vote of those already members
- to appoint as an associate
- to persuade or lure (an opponent) to join one's own system, party, etc.
- to make use of for one's own purposes; take over or adopt
Origin of co-optClassical Latin cooptare, to choose, elect from co- (var. of com-), with + optare, to choose: see option
transitive verbco-opt·ed, co-opt·ing, co-opts
- To elect as a fellow member of a group.
- To appoint summarily.
- To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
- 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.
Origin of co-optLatin cooptāre co- co- optāre to choose
(third-person singular simple present coopts, present participle coopting, simple past and past participle coopted)
- Alternative spelling of co-opt.