verb \kō-ˈäpt\

: to cause or force (someone or something) to become part of your group, movement, etc.

: to use or take control of (something) for your own purposes

Full Definition of CO-OPT

transitive verb
a :  to choose or elect as a member
b :  to appoint as a colleague or assistant
a :  to take into a group (as a faction, movement, or culture) :  absorb, assimilate <the students are co–opted by a system they serve even in their struggle against it — A. C. Danto>
b :  take over, appropriate <a style co–opted by advertisers>
co–op·ta·tion \ˌkō-ˌäp-ˈtā-shən\ noun
co–op·ta·tive \kō-ˈäp-tə-tiv\ adjective
co–op·tion \-ˈäp-shən\ noun
co–op·tive \-ˈäp-tiv\ adjective

Origin of CO-OPT

Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose
First Known Use: 1651


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