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verb (used with object)
  1. to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members.
  2. to assimilate, take, or win over into a larger or established group: The fledgling Labor party was coopted by the Socialist party.
  3. to appropriate as one's own; preempt: The dissidents have coopted the title of her novel for their slogan.
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Origin of coopt

From the Latin word cooptāre, dating back to 1645–55. See co-, opt
Related formsco·op·ta·tion, co-op·ta·tion, co·op·tion, co-op·tion [koh-op-shuh n] /koʊˈɒp ʃən/, nounco·op·ta·tive, co-op·ta·tive [koh-op-tuh-tiv] /koʊˈɒp tə tɪv/, co·op·tive, co-op·tive, adjective
Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe
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Related Words for coopt

appoint, elect, name, want, cast, adopt, prefer, accept, favor, embrace, take, determine, judge, love, designate, homogenize, sort, desire, predestine, tap

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verb (tr)
  1. to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
  2. to appoint summarily; commandeer
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Derived Formscooption, 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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Word Origin and History for coopt


see co-opt.

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