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Definition of co-opt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    co-opt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌkəʊ ˈɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkoʊ ˈɑːpt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they co-opt
    BrE BrE//ˌkəʊ ˈɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkoʊ ˈɑːpt//
     
    he / she / it co-opts
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    ; NAmE
     
    past simple co-opted
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    past participle co-opted
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    -ing form co-opting
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  1. 1co-opt somebody (onto/into something) to make somebody a member of a group, committee, etc. by the agreement of all the other members She was co-opted onto the board.
  2. 2co-opt somebody (onto/into something) to include somebody in something, often when they do not want to be part of it
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin cooptare, from co- ‘together’ + optare ‘choose’.
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