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coopt

or co-opt

[ 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.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

cooperativity, coopered joint, cooperite, cooperstown, coopery, coopt, coopworth, coordinal, coordinate, coordinate bond, coordinate clause

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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Examples 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.

    A Conservative Path Forward on Same-Sex Marriage|Justin Green|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for coopt

coopt

co-opt

/ (kəʊˈɒpt) /

verb (tr)

to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
to appoint summarily; commandeer
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

coopt


v.

see co-opt.

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