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English verb: co-opt

1. co-opt (social) choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague

SamplesThe church members co-opted individuals from similar backgrounds to replenish the congregation.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)elect

2. co-opt (social) neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group

SamplesWe co-opted the independent minority tribes by pulling them into the Northern Alliance.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)neutralize

3. co-opt (social) appoint summarily or commandeer

SamplesThe army tried to co-opt peasants into civil defence groups.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)appoint, constitute, name, nominate

4. co-opt (possession) take or assume for one's own use

SamplesHe co-opted the criticism and embraced it.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accept, take

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