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co-opt

verb [T]  us   /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.
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