Definition of co–opt
1a : to choose or elect as a member members co-opted to the committeeb : 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. Dantob : take over, appropriate a style co–opted by advertisers
co–optationplay \ˌkō-ˌäp-ˈtā-shən\ noun
co–optativeplay \kō-ˈäp-tə-tiv\ adjective
co–optionplay \kō-ˈäp-shən\ noun
co–optiveplay \kō-ˈäp-tiv\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of co–opt
Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose
First Known Use: 1651
CO–OPT Defined for English Language Learners
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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