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  1. co-opt
    IPA[kōˈäpt]
  2. verb

    • 1. appoint to membership of a committee or other body by invitation of the existing members:

      the committee may co-opt additional members for special purposes
    • 2. divert to or use in a role different from the usual or original one:

      social scientists were co-opted to work with the development agencies
    • 3. adopt (an idea or policy) for one's own use:

      the green parties have had most of their ideas co-opted by bigger parties
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: co-opt, 3rd person present: co-opts, gerund or present participle: co-opting, past tense: co-opted, past participle: co-opted

    • verb

      appoint to membership of a committee or other body by invitation of the existing members:

      divert to or use in a role different from the usual or original one:

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