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co-opt

verb [T] uk   /kəʊˈɒpt/ us    /koʊˈɑːpt/
(of an elected group) to make someone a member through the choice of the present members: She was co-opted on to the committee last June. to include someone in something, often against their will: Whether they liked it or not, local people were co-opted into the victory parade. to use someone else's ideas: Rock and roll music was largely co-opted from the blues.
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