[ 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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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|Ellen Bork|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Communists perceived a dual purpose in their cooptation of this institution.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for cooptation
/ (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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