Definition of 'coopt'
- co-opt \co-opt"\, coopt \co*["o]pt"\, v. t. [See Cooptate. Cf. F. coopter.] To choose or elect in concert with another. [R.] [1913 Webster]
- Each of the hundred was to coopt three others. --Jowett (Thucyd.). [1913 Webster]
- 2. To choose or elect as a colleague or fellow member of a group; as, The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation. [PJC + WordNet 1.5]
- 3. To assimilate (a smaller group) into a larger group. [PJC]
- 4. To persuade an opponent to join one's own side. [PJC]
- 5. To appoint summarily (with or without the appointee's consent). [WordNet 1.5]
- 6. To appropriate (something rightly belonging to another) as one's own; to preempt; as, to co-opt someone's name. [PJC]