HyperDic: co-opt

English > 4 senses of the word co-opt:
VERBsocialco-optchoose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
socialco-optneutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group
socialco-optappoint summarily or commandeer
possessionco-opttake or assume for one's own use
co-opt > pronunciation
Soundskowaa'pt
Rhymesadopt ... topped: 7 rhymes with aapt...
English > co-opt: 4 senses > verb 1, social
Meaningchoose or elect as a fellow member or colleague.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"
Broaderelectselect by a vote for an office or membership
Nounsco-option, co-optationthe selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
English > co-opt: 4 senses > verb 2, social
Meaningneutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance"
Broaderneutralizemake politically neutral and thus inoffensive
English > co-opt: 4 senses > verb 3, social
Meaningappoint summarily or commandeer.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups"
Broaderappoint, name, nominate, constitutecreate and charge with a task or function
Spanishcooptar
Nounsco-option, co-optationthe act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's / appointee's consent)
English > co-opt: 4 senses > verb 4, possession
MeaningTake or assume for one's own use.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"He co-opted the criticism and embraced it"
Broadertake, acceptmake use of or accept for some purpose

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