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Topic: ORGANIZATIONS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: cooptare, from co- ( CO-) + optare 'to choose'

coopt

verb
     
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.
2 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.
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