Word forms: co-opts
1. verb If you co-opt someone, you persuade them to help or support you. [V n] ⇒ Mr Wallace tries to co-opt rather than defeat his critics. [V n] ⇒ Sofia Petrovna co-opted Natasha as her assistant. 2. verb If someone is co-opted into a group, they are asked by that group to become a member, rather than joining or being elected in the normal way. [be V-ed + into/onto] ⇒ He was co-opted into the Labour Government of 1964. [V n] ⇒ He's been authorised to co-opt anyone he wants to join him. 3. verb If a group or political party co-opts a slogan or policy, they take it, often from another group or political party, and use it themselves. [V n] ⇒ He co-opted many nationalist slogans and cultivated a populist image.
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