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Verb: co-opt  kow'ópt
  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"

Derived forms: co-opts, co-opting, co-opted

Type of: accept, appoint, constitute, elect, name, neutralise [Brit], neutralize, nominate, take

Encyclopedia: Co-opt