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English definition of “co-opt”

co-opt

verb [T]    /koʊˈɑpt, ˈkoʊ·ɑpt/
to persuade someone who criticizes or disagrees with you to join your group so that the person can no longer oppose you: The president co-opted journalists by inviting them to private dinners in the White House . To co-opt is also to claim something as your own when it was really created by others : Republicans said the Democrats had co-opted their plan for tax reform .
(Definition of co-opt verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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