Meaning of “co-opt” in the English Dictionary

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"co-opt" in British English

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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)