[ koh-opt ]
/ koʊˈɒpt /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM cooptco·op·ta·tion, co-op·ta·tion, co·op·tion, co-option [koh-op-shuhn], /koʊˈɒp ʃən/, nounco·op·ta·tive, co-op·ta·tive [koh-op-tuh-tiv], /koʊˈɒp tə tɪv/, co·op·tive, co-optive, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for coopt
There's still time for conservatives to coopt this issue as part of a broader agenda for promoting family values.
British Dictionary definitions for coopt
/ (kəʊˈɒpt) /
to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
to appoint summarily; commandeer
Derived forms of cooptcooption, co-option, cooptation or co-optation, nouncooptative or co-optative, adjective
Word Origin for coopt
C17: from Latin cooptāre to elect, from optāre to choose
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