- to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members.
- to assimilate, take, or win over into a larger or established group: The fledgling Labor party was coopted by the Socialist party.
- to appropriate as one's own; preempt: The dissidents have coopted the title of her novel for their slogan.
Origin of coopt
Examples from the Web for co-opt
But no matter that difference, we crave to own and co-opt, rather than necessarily understand, it.Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession
June 17, 2014
But he did about as much as one can while serving as Senate minority leader to co-opt Tea Party support.Tea Party Loses Key Battles, But Is Winning The War
May 21, 2014
After Japan invaded the Korean Peninsula in 1905, the conquerors sought to co-opt local pride to reinforce Japanese hegemony.Such a Sweet Little Dictator: Kim Jong-un and North Korea’s Child Cult
April 24, 2014
This week, Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest to co-opt country music as her own.The Yes List: Country Strong, Downton Abbey, and More Culture Picks
The Daily Beast
January 7, 2011
Reid has also long had an innate ability to co-opt or neutralize his foes.Harry Reid's Final Trick
October 13, 2010
"I wish we could co-opt some biologists and psychologists into this," murmured Rakkan.Security
Poul William Anderson
Then someone has said, "We must co-opt Mr. Raymond Stornaway."Sonia Married
Of course they "co-opt" their fellow politicians, rejected candidates, and so on.Mankind in the Making
H. G. Wells
When the persons elected met they had no choice but to co-opt the 104 from the Left of the Convention.
The law did indeed provide that the corporations should co-opt at least one woman on their education boards.My Own Story
- to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
- to appoint summarily; commandeer
Word Origin and History for co-opt
1650s, "to select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members," from Latin cooptare "to elect, to choose as a colleague or member of one's tribe," from com- "together" (see com-) + optare "choose" (see option (n.)). For some reason this defied the usual pattern of Latin-to-English adaptation, which should have yielded *cooptate. Sense of "take over" is first recorded c.1953. Related: Co-opted; co-opting.