'coopt' definitions:

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]