Co-opt (verb)

  1. To appoint (someone) to a position or organization without normal procedures of selection.
  2. To adopt or take up (an idea or policy) for one's own use.
  3. To persuade or induce (someone) to join an organization or group.

Origin:

Early 20th century: from co- + opt.

Examples:

  1. The group co-opted him onto the board of directors.
  2. She co-opted the idea for her own campaign.
  3. The government co-opted the opposition into its ranks.
  4. They co-opted the protest movement by giving the leaders jobs.
  5. The company co-opted the new technology for its own use.
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