|Origin:||cooptare, from co- ( CO-) + optare 'to choose'|
co‧opt also co-opt British English [transitive] formal
1SSO British English
to make someone a member of a group, committee etc, by the agreement of all the members:
The committee may co-opt additional members for special purposes.
coopt somebody onto/into/to something
She was coopted onto the county education committee.
to persuade someone to help or support you
coopt somebody to do something
Social scientists were co-opted to work with the development agencies.
Nan was coopted into the kitchen to make pastry.