What does co-opt mean?

Definitions for co-optkoʊˈɒpt

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Co-opt

    kō-opt′, v.t. to elect into any body by the votes of its members.—ns. Co-optā′tion, Co-op′tion.—adj. Co-op′tative. [L. cooptāre, -ātumco-, together, optāre, to choose.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of co-opt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of co-opt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval:

    All in all, it makes the best sense for the state to opt in.

  2. L.F. Magister:

    Opt for a few at your side, but ensure your honor and respect of all.

  3. Amy Loper:

    The superintendent told me that we could opt out of the sex education class, but that’s not the point.

  4. Maggie Baker:

    At that point, when money has grown substantially, you may opt out of robo-investing and go find a real person.

  5. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:

    Should the British opt for a withdrawal from the EU, then we cannot continue just doing business as usual with 28 minus one the next day.

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