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 a : to choose or elect as a member b : to appoint as a colleague or assistant
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>
Origin of co–opt
Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose
First Known Use: 1651
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Spanish Central: Translation of "co–opt"
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