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co-optverb [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.
(Definition of co-opt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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co-optverb [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.
(Definition of co-opt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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