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co-opt

[ koh-opt ]SEE DEFINITION OF co-opt

Synonyms for co-opt

  • homogenize
  • absorb
  • accept
  • admit
  • adopt
  • convert
  • elect
  • embrace
  • encompass
  • enfold
  • homologize
  • include
  • incorporate
  • bring in
  • bring into line
  • bring into the fold
  • connaturalize
  • draw in
  • make one's own
  • take in
  • take over
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Antonyms for co-opt

  • deny
  • dispute
  • eject
  • exclude
  • let go
  • refuse
  • reject
  • repudiate
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CO-OPT

"I wish we could co-opt some biologists and psychologists into this," murmured Rakkan.

Then someone has said, "We must co-opt Mr. Raymond Stornaway."

Of course they "co-opt" their fellow politicians, rejected candidates, and so on.

When the persons elected met they had no choice but to co-opt the 104 from the Left of the Convention.

The law did indeed provide that the corporations should co-opt at least one woman on their education boards.

The bill also proposed to empower town councils to co-opt outsiders upon their education committees.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "to select (someone) for a group or club by a vote of members," from Latin cooptare "to elect, to choose as a colleague or member of one's tribe," from com- "together" (see com-) + optare "choose" (see option (n.)). For some reason this defied the usual pattern of Latin-to-English adaptation, which should have yielded *cooptate. Sense of "take over" is first recorded c.1953. Related: Co-opted; co-opting.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CO-OPT

choose

verbpick, select
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