Reid has also long had an innate ability to co-opt or neutralize his foes.
After Japan invaded the Korean Peninsula in 1905, the conquerors sought to co-opt local pride to reinforce Japanese hegemony.
But he did about as much as one can while serving as Senate minority leader to co-opt Tea Party support.
But no matter that difference, we crave to own and co-opt, rather than necessarily understand, it.
Because I'll tell you, there are going to be a lot of politicians that are going to try to co-opt the Tea Party movement.
Of course they "co-opt" their fellow politicians, rejected candidates, and so on.
Then someone has said, "We must co-opt Mr. Raymond Stornaway."
"I wish we could co-opt some biologists and psychologists into this," murmured Rakkan.
When the persons elected met they had no choice but to co-opt the 104 from the Left of the Convention.
The law did indeed provide that the corporations should co-opt at least one woman on their education boards.
1650s, "to select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members," from Latin cooptare "to elect, to choose as a colleague or member of one's tribe," from com- "together" (see com-) + optare "choose" (see option (n.)). For some reason this defied the usual pattern of Latin-to-English adaptation, which should have yielded *cooptate. Sense of "take over" is first recorded c.1953. Related: Co-opted; co-opting.