co-opt definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To elect as a fellow person in an organization.
    • To appoint summarily.
    • To take or believe for your own usage; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by adopting it.
    • To counteract or conquer (a completely independent minority, for instance) through absorption into a recognised team or culture: co-opt rebels giving them roles of authority.
    • to select or elect together with another.
    • to select or elect as a colleague or fellow member of friends.
    • To absorb (an inferior team) into a larger group.
    • To convince an opponent to join one's very own side.
    • To appoint summarily (with or without appointee's consent).
    • To correct (anything rightly belonging to another) as you's very own; to preempt.
  • verb:
    • To elect as a fellow member of a group, such as a committee.
    • To commandeer, appropriate or take over.
    • To absorb or assimilate into a proven team.
    • neutralize or conquer through absorption into a proven group
    • appoint summarily or commandeer
    • take or believe for one's own use
    • choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
  • others:
    • To choose conjointly; elect; choose by joint choice; particularly, to elect to membership in a committee, board, or society because of the selection of its existing users.

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