Definitions for co-optkoʊˈɒpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to choose as a member.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to assimilate or win over into a larger group.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. to appropriate as one's own; preempt.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of co-opt:

1645–55; < L cooptāre

co-op′ta•tive-ˈɒp tə tɪv(adj.)co-op′tive

Princeton's WordNet

  1. co-opt(verb)

    choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague

    "The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"

  2. co-opt(verb)

    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. co-opt(verb)

    appoint summarily or commandeer

    "The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups"

  4. co-opt(verb)

    take or assume for one's own use

    "He co-opted the criticism and embraced it"


  1. co-opt(Verb)

    To elect as a fellow member of a group, such as a committee.

  2. co-opt(Verb)

    To commandeer, appropriate or take over.


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