co-opt :

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

  • Vaudeville Vladimir Ruins Russia
    The staunchly conservative and moralizing Russian czar, Vladimir Putin, announced he and his wife of 30 years are divorcing. This was met with a strange silence from Kirill I, the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch, and a Putin bootlicker who allowed the state to co-opt his racket. Vsevolod Chaplin, a spokesman [...]
    June 12, 2013 - Falls Church News-Press
  • Social Security: The New Deal’s Fiscal Ponzi
    Social insurance co-opts all potential sources of political opposition, making it inherently a fiscal doomsday machine.
    June 10, 2013 - Ludwig von Mises Institute

  • Thaksin Shinawatra in Asia Sentinel
    In a letter to US President George W Bush dated June 23, Thaksin wrote: "Having failed to provoke violence and disorder, my opponents are now attempting various extra Constitutional tactics to co-opt the will of the people."
  • Julia Gillard in South Western Rural Advertiser
    This was a desperate attempt by the previous government to co-opt businesses into their wasteful Work Choices advertising campaign and should stop immediately,Ms Gillard said.
  • Rob Bishop in National Parks Traveler (blog)
    This legislation helps ensure that DOI policies no longer enable dangerous criminals to co-opt federal border lands as their drug trafficking highways,said Rep. Bishop. "What many fail to recognize is that allowing the (US Border Patrol)...

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