Co-opt meaning

kō-ŏpt, kōŏpt
To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate.

Co-opted the criticism by embracing it.

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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.

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To persuade or lure (an opponent) to join one's own system, party, etc.
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To commandeer, appropriate or take over.
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To absorb or assimilate into an established group.
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The definition of co-opt means to take something, especially some kind of power, that wasn't originally yours or that wasn't originally supposed to go to you.

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.

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To elect as a fellow member of a group.
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To appoint summarily.
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To add (a person or persons) to a group by vote of those already members.
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To appoint as an associate.
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To make use of for one's own purposes; take over or adopt.
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Alternative spelling of co-opt.
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To elect as a fellow member of a group, such as a committee.
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Origin of co-opt

  • Latin cooptāre co- co- optāre to choose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition