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Verb (transitive)


co-optv. t. [See Coöptate. Cf. F. coopter.].
  •  To choose or elect in concert with another.  [1913 Webster]
    "Each of the hundred was to coöpt three others."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To choose or elect as a colleague or fellow member of a group; as, The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation.  [PJC]
  •  To assimilate (a smaller group) into a larger group.  [PJC]
  •  To persuade an opponent to join one's own side.  [PJC]
  •  To appoint summarily (with or without the appointee's consent).  [WordNet 1.5]
  •  To appropriate (something rightly belonging to another) as one's own; to preempt; as, to co-opt someone's name.  [PJC]


co-opt, v.tr. appoint to membership of a body by invitation of the existing members.

co-optation n. co-option n. co-optive adj.
L cooptare (as CO-, optare choose)

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