coopt

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 committee may co-opt additional members for special purposes.
coopt sb onto/into/to sth
She was coopted onto the county education committee.
2.) to persuade someone to help or support you
coopt sb to do sth
Social scientists were co-opted to work with the development agencies.
Nan was coopted into the kitchen to make pastry.

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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of 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 …  

  • 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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