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Definition of co-opt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they co-opt
    he / she / it co-opts
    past simple co-opted
    -ing form co-opting
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  1. 1co-opt somebody (onto/into something) to include someone in something, often when they do not want to be part of it
  2. 2co-opt somebody (onto/into something) to make someone a member of a group, committee, etc., by the agreement of all the other members She was co-opted onto the board.
  3. 3co-opt something (disapproving) to take someone else's idea or policy for your own use Some of her best ideas had been co-opted by her supervisor and presented as his own.
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