American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To elect as a fellow member of a group.
- v. To appoint summarily.
- v. To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
- v. To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture: co-opt rebels by giving them positions of authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To choose conjointly; elect; select by joint choice; specifically, to elect to membership in a committee, board, or society by the choice of its existing members.
- v. To elect as a fellow member of a group, such as a committee.
- v. To commandeer, appropriate or take over.
- v. To absorb or assimilate into an established group.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To choose or elect in concert with another.
- v. To choose or elect as a colleague or fellow member of a group.
- v. To assimilate (a smaller group) into a larger group.
- v. To persuade an opponent to join one's own side.
- v. To appoint summarily (with or without the appointee's consent).
- v. To appropriate (something rightly belonging to another) as one's own; to preempt.
- v. neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group
- v. appoint summarily or commandeer
- v. take or assume for one's own use
- v. choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
- Latin cooptāre : co-, co- + optāre, to choose. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A similar trend briefly emerged in the early 2000s, but the authorities were largely able to intimidate or co-opt the challengers.”
“On the one hand, I want to be like “How dare you co-opt Wolverine and Transformers as part of the Action genre?!?” but then I realized that it is merely another example of how Sci-Fi is the new Mainstream.”
“Then in a televised speech Thursday, Maliki, who had begun the week welcoming the protest, urged people to stay away, saying the event seemed "suspicious" and was likely to be infiltrated by al-Qaeda or perhaps loyalists of Sadaam Hussein's Baath Party or "terrorists" seeking to co-opt it for their own purposes.”
“But instead of crushing them, we tried to co-opt them by enticing them with power in the transitional government.”
“Technocratic bad ideas tend to co-opt and subsume the elites and those with money and power.”
“Dumb technocratic ideas tend to co-opt the elites; the worst of them co-opt the academy and business (along with the bureaucrats) simultaneously.”
“Everyone is concerned the Republicans are going to co-opt the movement.”
“This doesn't mean that, on occasion, some folks won't try to co-opt the emerging church label on behalf of their own particular agenda, but such labels end up falling away.”
“Among your many strengths, the lack of a list of demands that so many of your elders have complained about, your inclusiveness, and your utopian streak -- the urge to create a tiny, thoroughly democratic new society near the beating financial heart of the old one -- will make you far harder to co-opt.”
“Think about it: In all their movies they don 't want to kill the rich, they want to marry them — or at least co-opt or become them.”
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