\ kō-ˈäpt How to pronounce co-opt (audio) \
co-opted; co-opting; co-opts

Definition of co-opt

transitive verb

1a : to choose or elect as a member members co-opted to the committee
b : to appoint as a colleague or assistant
2a : 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

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Other Words from co-opt

co-optative \ kō-​ˈäp-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce co-opt (audio) \ adjective
co-option \ kō-​ˈäp-​shən How to pronounce co-opt (audio) \ noun
co-optive \ kō-​ˈäp-​tiv How to pronounce co-opt (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of co-opt

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for co-opt

Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose

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“Co-opt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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