Simple Definition of cooperate
: to work together : to work with another person or group to do something
: to be helpful by doing what someone asks or tells you to do
: to act in a way that makes something possible or likely : to produce the right conditions for something to happen
Full Definition of cooperate
1 : to act or work with another or others : act together or in compliance <refused to cooperate with the police>
2 : to associate with another or others for mutual benefit <nations cooperating to fight terrorism>
cooperatorplay \-ˌrā-tər\ noun
Examples of cooperate in a sentence
It will be much easier if everyone cooperates.
Several organizations cooperated in the relief efforts.
The country agreed to cooperate with the other nations on the trade agreement.
The mother asked the child to put on his pajamas, but the child refused to cooperate.
Witnesses were willing to cooperate.
Origin and Etymology of cooperate
Late Latin cooperatus, past participle of cooperari, from Latin co- + operari to work — more at operate
First Known Use: 1582
COOPERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of cooperate for Students
: to act or work together so as to get something done
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