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co·opt (co-opt)

coopt (co-opt)

 
pronunciation:
ko apt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coopts, co-opts, coopting, co-opting, coopted, co-opted
definition 1: to take over; preempt; assimilate.
The liberal group has coopted the role of spokesmen for their party.
definition 2: to elect as a fellow member of a body.
derivations: cooptative (co-optative) (adj.), cooptation (co-optation) (n.)