- 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 cooptation
As financial inducements or other kinds of cooptation fail, the regime will rely on more repression.On the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Sq., Chinese Dissidents Remain Undaunted
June 2, 2014
The Communists perceived a dual purpose in their cooptation of this institution.Area Handbook for Bulgaria</p>
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
- to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
- to appoint summarily; commandeer
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.