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co-opt / kōˈäpt; ˈkōˌäpt/ • v. [tr.] (often be co-opted) appoint to membership of a committee or other body by invitation of the existing members. ∎  divert to or use in a role different from the usual or original one: social scientists were co-opted to work with the development agencies. ∎  adopt (an idea or policy) for one's own use: the green parties have had most of their ideas co-opted by bigger parties. DERIVATIVES: co-op·ta·tion / kōˌäpˈtāshən/ n. co-op·tion / ˌkōˈäpshən/ n. co-op·tive / -ˈäptiv/ adj.

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co-opt XVII. — L. cooptāre, f. CO- + optāre choose (see OPT).