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  Definition of co-opt
  1. take or assume for one''s own use; "He co-opted the criticism and embraced it"
  2. appoint summarily or commandeer; "The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups"
  3. choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague; "The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"
  4. neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group; "We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance"
Derivational Morphology: co-option, co-optation

 

 
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