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co-opt definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague; "The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"
2: neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group; "We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance"
3: appoint summarily or commandeer; "The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups"
4: take or assume for one's own use; "He co-opted the criticism and embraced it"

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Latin cooptare, from co- + optare to choose Date: 1651 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> co-optation noun co-optative adjective co-option noun co-optive adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. appoint to membership of a body by invitation of the existing members. Derivatives: co-optation n. co-option n. co-optive adj. Etymology: L cooptare (as CO-, optare choose)

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(co-opts, co-opting, co-opted) 1. If you co-opt someone, you persuade them to help or support you. Mr Wallace tries to co-opt rather than defeat his critics... VERB: V n 2. If someone is co-opted into a group, they are asked by that group to become a member, rather than joining or being elected in the normal way. He was co-opted into the Labour Government of 1964... He's been authorised to co-opt anyone he wants to join him. VERB: be V-ed into/onto n, V n 3. If a group or political party co-opts a slogan or policy, they take it, often from another group or political party, and use it themselves. He co-opted many nationalist slogans and cultivated a populist image. VERB: V n




 


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