coopt

[koh-opt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members.
2.
to assimilate, take, or win over into a larger or established group: The fledgling Labor party was coopted by the Socialist party.
3.
to appropriate as one's own; preempt: The dissidents have coopted the title of her novel for their slogan.
Also, co-opt.


Origin:
1645–55; < Latin cooptāre. See co-, opt

cooptation, co-optation, cooption, co-option [koh-op-shuhn] , noun
cooptative, co-optative [koh-op-tuh-tiv] , cooptive, co-optive, adjective

co-op, coop, co-opt, coupe.
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coopt or co-opt (kəʊˈɒpt)
 
vb
1.  to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
2.  to appoint summarily; commandeer
 
[C17: from Latin cooptāre to elect, from optāre to choose]
 
co-opt or co-opt
 
vb
 
[C17: from Latin cooptāre to elect, from optāre to choose]
 
co'option or co-opt
 
n
 
co-'option or co-opt
 
n
 
coop'tation or co-opt
 
n
 
co-op'tation or co-opt
 
n
 
co'optative or co-opt
 
adj
 
co-'optative or co-opt
 
adj

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cooptation
1530s, "election to fill a vacancy," from L. cooptationem "election," noun of action from cooptare (see co-opt).

coopt
see co-opt.
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Plan relations and encounters with opponents carefully to avoid cooptation or divulging too much information.
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