co-opt

verb \ kō-ˈäpt \

Definition of co-opt

transitive verb
1 a : to choose or elect as a member
  • members co-opted to the committee
b : to appoint as a colleague or assistant
2 a : to take into a group (such 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-optation

play \ˌkō-ˌäp-ˈtā-shən\ noun

co-optative

play \kō-ˈäp-tə-tiv\ adjective

co-option

play \kō-ˈäp-shən\ noun

co-optive

play \kō-ˈäp-tiv\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of co-opt

Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose


CO-OPT Defined for English Language Learners

co-opt

verb

Definition of co-opt for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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