Cooptate Co*["o]p"tate, v. t. [L. co["o]ptatus, p. p. of co["o]tare to elect to something; co- + optare to choose.] To choose; to elect; to co["o]pt. [Obs.] --Cockeram. [1913 Webster]

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  • co-opt — 1650s, to select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members, from L. cooptare to elect, to choose as a colleague or member of one s tribe, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + optare choose (see OPTION (Cf. option)). For some reason… …   Etymology dictionary

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