verb (used with object)
to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members.
to assimilate, take, or win over into a larger or established group: The fledgling Labor party was coopted by the Socialist party.
to appropriate as one's own; preempt: The dissidents have coopted the title of her novel for their slogan.
Origin: 1645–55; Related forms
< Latin cooptāre.
cooptation, co-optation, cooption, co-option /koʊˈɒpʃən/ [koh-op-shuhn] Show IPA , noun cooptative, co-optative /koʊˈɒptətɪv/ [koh-op-tuh-tiv] Show IPA , cooptive, co-optive, adjective