[ 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.
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
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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 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
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