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[koh-opt] /koʊˈɒpt/
verb (used with object)
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
From the Latin word cooptāre, dating back to 1645-55. See co-, opt
Related forms
cooptation, co-optation, cooption, co-option
[koh-op-shuh n] /koʊˈɒp ʃən/ (Show IPA),
cooptative, co-optative
[koh-op-tuh-tiv] /koʊˈɒp tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
cooptive, co-optive, adjective
Can be confused
co-op, coop, co-opt, coupe. Unabridged
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  • The Communists perceived a dual purpose in their cooptation of this institution.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for cooptation


verb (transitive)
to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
to appoint summarily; commandeer
Derived Forms
cooption, co-option, cooptation, co-optation, noun
cooptative, co-optative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cooptāre to elect, from optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for cooptation

1530s, "election to fill a vacancy," from Latin cooptationem (nominative cooptatio) "election," noun of action from past participle stem of cooptare (see co-opt). Related: Cooptative.



see co-opt.

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