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CO-OPT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does co-opt mean? 

CO-OPT (verb)
  The verb CO-OPT has 4 senses:

1. choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
2. neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group
3. appoint summarily or commandeer
4. take or assume for one's own use

  Familiarity information: CO-OPT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CO-OPT (verb)


Sense 1co-opt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation

Hypernyms (to "co-opt" is one way to...):

elect (select by a vote for an office or membership)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2co-opt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance

Hypernyms (to "co-opt" is one way to...):

neutralize (make politically neutral and thus inoffensive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3co-opt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appoint summarily or commandeer

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups

Hypernyms (to "co-opt" is one way to...):

appoint; constitute; name; nominate (create and charge with a task or function)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4co-opt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take or assume for one's own use

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

He co-opted the criticism and embraced it

Hypernyms (to "co-opt" is one way to...):

accept; take (make use of or accept for some purpose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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