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co–opt

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verb \kō-ˈäpt\

Simple Definition of co–opt

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to choose or elect as a member b :  to appoint as a colleague or assistant

  3. 2 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 play \ˌkō-ˌäp-ˈtā-shən\ noun
co–op·ta·tive play \kō-ˈäp-tə-tiv\ adjective
co–op·tion play \-ˈäp-shən\ noun
co–op·tive play \-ˈäp-tiv\ adjective

Origin of co–opt

Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose


First Known Use: 1651

Rhymes with co–opt


Learn More about co–opt

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "co–opt"


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