from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To elect as a fellow member of a group.
- transitive v. To appoint summarily.
- transitive v. To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To choose or elect in concert with another.
- transitive v. To choose or elect as a colleague or fellow member of a group.
- transitive v. To assimilate (a smaller group) into a larger group.
- transitive v. To persuade an opponent to join one's own side.
- transitive v. To appoint summarily (with or without the appointee's consent).
- transitive v. To appropriate (something rightly belonging to another) as one's own; to preempt.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.