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Definitions of co-opt:
  • verb:   take or assume for one's own use
    Example: "He co-opted the criticism and embraced it"
  • verb:   appoint summarily or commandeer
    Example: "The army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups"
  • verb:   choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
    Example: "The church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation"
  • verb:   neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group
    Example: "We co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance"

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