• WordNet 3.6
    • n co-option the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    • n co-option the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
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In literature:

This corporation is kept filled up by co-option; the most distinguished of the junior students being usually chosen.
"Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely" by Edward Conybeare

In news:

UK users now have the option to choose between AskJeeves and
CEO Jeff Erb called the idea "pie in the sky" for now, but the company's board has approved looking into the co-generation option.
"Recognizing a growing global demand for our services, we carefully evaluated the geographic options for expansion and Bulgaria was the natural choice," said Dan Galvez, Hedgehog 's co-founder and managing partner.
As Gaylord Entertainment Co. Executives pushed for tax incentives for a 1,500-room Aurora hotel in recent months, they also were exploring options that ultimately would make it less likely the project would get built.
AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) has postponed its option to buy out Merck & Co. (MRK) 's interest in heartburn treatments Nexium and Prilosec until 2014 after agreeing the US company's stake is worth $327 million.
After a series of talks, Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has agreed to give Relational Investors, the activist investment firm, an option to appoint its co-founder to ITW's board of directors.
Spyro the Dragon could soon breathe some fire on the bigscreen: The Animation Picture Co. Has optioned the rights to turn the purple star of Sierra Entertainment and Vivendi Game's vidgame franchise into a toon.
Biocon Ltd, India's top-listed biotechnology company, said it signed an agreement with Bristol -Myers Squibb Co under which the US drugmaker will have the option to get the worldwide license to its oral insulin drug program.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Parents of School District 70 students have yet another option for keeping their kids busy on Fridays.
THE COLONY, Texas (October 23, 2012) – Pie Five Pizza Co. Is slicing up a healthy new option for guests.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co under which the US drugmaker will have the option to get the worldwide license to its oral.
View full size AP File Photo General Motors Co. Plans to hold 100 informational meetings across the country regarding pension options for some white-collar retirees, a company spokesman confirmed today.
Co-working spaces multiply , giving independent workers options.
Spraying Systems Co announces the launch of a new website,, dedicated to tank cleaning optimization and automation options.
Koko co-owner Mary Ball says Katherine has several options.

In science:

The triple Michelson can be considered the minimal (in terms of enclosed area and number of end stations) detector geometry that combines all features of the various options using co-located, co-planar Michelson interferometers.
Triple Michelson Interferometer for a Third-Generation Gravitational Wave Detector
The actions (2) can be combined into a (left) action of eU ⊗ eU op via (u⊗u′) ⊲ x := u ⊲ x ⊳ u′ . (Another option is to pass to the left action of eU ⊗ eU by using S and a suitable automorphism anti co-homomorphism of U ).
Geometry of Quantum Spheres
Raff and Sly pointed out that modularity enables the evolution of ontogeny because it makes three processes possible: the dissociation of developmental processes (e.g. heterochrony), the duplication and subsequent divergence of developmental modules, and the co-option of features into new functions .
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
Lee ), which states that a variance swap can be replicated by holding a static portfolio of co-maturing European options on S , while dynamically trading in the underlying S .
Convex order of discrete, continuous and predictable quadratic variation & applications to options on variance
DistNumPy allows both distributed and non-distributed arrays to co-exist, the user must specify, as an optional parameter, if the array should be distributed.
Managing Communication Latency-Hiding at Runtime for Parallel Programming Languages and Libraries