coopt
co-opt co-opt", coopt co*["o]pt", v. t. [See {Co["o]ptate}. Cf. F. coopter.] To choose or elect in concert with another. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Each of the hundred was to co["o]pt three others. --Jowett (Thucyd.). [1913 Webster]

2. To choose or elect as a colleague or fellow member of a group; as, The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation. [PJC + WordNet 1.5]

3. To assimilate (a smaller group) into a larger group. [PJC]

4. To persuade an opponent to join one's own side. [PJC]

5. To appoint summarily (with or without the appointee's consent). [WordNet 1.5]

6. To appropriate (something rightly belonging to another) as one's own; to preempt; as, to co-opt someone's name. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • coopt — see CO OPT (Cf. co opt) …   Etymology dictionary

  • coopt — co|opt also co opt BrE [kəuˈɔpt US kouˈa:pt] v [T] formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: cooptare, from co ( CO ) + optare to choose ] 1.) BrE to make someone a member of a group, committee etc, by the agreement of all the members ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coopt — also co opt verb (T) formal 1 to add someone to an organization such as a committee, sometimes against their will, by the agreement of all the other members: The Student s Union can have a maximum of 5 coopted members. | coopt sb onto/into sth:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • coopt — cooptation, co optation, cooption, co option /koh op sheuhn/, n. cooptative, co optative /koh op teuh tiv/, cooptive, co optive, adj. /koh opt /, v.t. 1. to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members. 2. to assimilate, take, or win… …   Universalium

  • coöpt — verb Spelling variant of co opt …   Wiktionary

  • coopt — v. assimilate, take in; elect as member …   English contemporary dictionary

  • COOPT — cooptandum …   Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions

  • coopt — /koʊˈɒpt / (say koh opt) verb (t) 1. to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members. 2. to appoint by coercion. Also, co opt. {Latin cooptāre} –cooption /koʊˈɒpʃən/ (say koh opshuhn), cooptation, noun –cooptative, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • coopt — cooptation, co optation, cooption, co option /koh op sheuhn/, n. cooptative, co optative /koh op teuh tiv/, cooptive, co optive, adj. /koh opt /, v.t. 1. to elect into a body by the votes of the existing members. 2. to assimilate, take, or win… …   Useful english dictionary

  • co-opt — coopt co*[ o]pt , v. t. [See {Co[ o]ptate}. Cf. F. coopter.] To choose or elect in concert with another. [R.] [1913 Webster] Each of the hundred was to co[ o]pt three others. Jowett (Thucyd.). [1913 Webster] 2. To choose or elect as a colleague …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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