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Meaning of “co-opt” in the English Dictionary

"co-opt" in British English

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co-optverb [T]

uk   /kəʊˈɒpt/  us   /koʊˈɑːpt/
(of an ​electedgroup) to make someone a ​member through the ​choice of the ​presentmembers: 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, ​localpeople were co-opted into the ​victoryparade. to use someone else's ​ideas: Rock and ​rollmusic 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 ​joinyourgroup so that the ​person can no ​longeroppose you: The ​president co-opted journalists by ​inviting them to ​privatedinners in the ​WhiteHouse. 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 ​theirplan for ​taxreform.
(Definition of co-opt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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