Co-opt - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |koʊ ˈɒpt|  American pronunciation of the word co-opt
Brit.  |ˌkəʊˈɒpt|  British pronunciation of the word co-opt

verb

- choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague

The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation

- neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group

We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance

- appoint summarily or commandeer

The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups

- take or assume for one's own use

He co-opted the criticism and embraced it

Examples

She is a co-opted member of the education committee.

The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation

We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance

The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups

He co-opted the criticism and embraced it

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