Co-opt



[koh-opt] /koʊˈɒpt/

verb (used with object)
1.
to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members.
2.
to assimilate, take, or win over into a larger or established group:
The fledgling Labor party was coopted by the Socialist party.
3.
to appropriate as one’s own; preempt:
The dissidents have coopted the title of her novel for their slogan.
/kəʊˈɒpt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
2.
to appoint summarily; commandeer
v.

1650s, “to select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members,” from Latin cooptare “to elect, to choose as a colleague or member of one’s tribe,” from com- “together” (see com-) + optare “choose” (see option (n.)). For some reason this defied the usual pattern of Latin-to-English adaptation, which should have yielded *cooptate. Sense of “take over” is first recorded c.1953. Related: Co-opted; co-opting.
v.

see co-opt.

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