- 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.
Origin of coopt
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Related Words for cooptinghomogenize, incorporate, convert, elect, enfold, absorb, adopt, accept, admit, embrace, encompass, include, homologize
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Contemporary Examples of coopting
More members of the Twitterverse are coopting the hashtag and attaching it to concerns that seem relatively trivial.#YesAllWomen Has Jumped the Shark
May 28, 2014
- to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
- to appoint summarily; commandeer
Word Origin for coopt
C17: from Latin cooptāre to elect, from optāre to choose
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Word Origin and History for coopting
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