collective

adjective
col·​lec·​tive | \ kə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce collective (audio) \

Definition of collective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : denoting a number of persons or things considered as one group or whole flock is a collective word
2a : formed by collecting : aggregated
b of a fruit : multiple
3a : of, relating to, or being a group of individuals
b : involving all members of a group as distinct from its individuals a collective action
4 : marked by similarity among or with the members of a group the collective interests of the town
5 : collectivized or characterized by collectivism collective farming collective communities
6 : shared or assumed by all members of the group collective responsibility the collective opinion of the staff collective guilt

collective

noun

Definition of collective (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a collective body : group a social collective
2 : a cooperative unit or organization specifically : collective farm
3 : a helicopter control system governing lift

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Other Words from collective

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collectively adverb

Examples of collective in a Sentence

Adjective

We made a collective decision to go on strike. The incident became part of our collective memory. the collective wisdom of generations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As the ball dropped to the surprised feet of Arkadiusz Milik, the entire Kop End held its collective breath, their heroes one kick of a ball away from European failure. SI.com, "How Napoli Have Evolved Since Last Year's Liverpool Encounters," 11 Sep. 2019 Until then the Brits may be able to take a collective breath and await the next round of Brexit chaos. NBC News, "British Parliament shut down involves robes, Black Rod and flamingos," 10 Sep. 2019 Don’t hold your collective breath, Broncos Country. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "AFC Preview: Patriots still have Tom Brady, but conference could go through Chiefs or Chargers," 5 Sep. 2019 None of them had previously written a novel, but they were used to collective effort as a means of resisting authoritarian and capitalist power structures. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "Can You Write a Novel as a Group?," 30 Aug. 2019 These resources for our children exist because of the collective efforts of our students, parents, staff, board of education members, town leaders, and taxpayers. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "South Windsor opens Wednesday welcoming students, new leaders," 29 Aug. 2019 For a tense 13 days that October, people across the nation held their collective breath, but were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the terms were agreed upon. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Veterans get together at Bay Village post to remember, socialize and mend fences but numbers are dwindling," 26 Aug. 2019 Lucas Hartley scored on the Bobcats’ first possession, Danny Bettencourt hooked up with Mason Cowan on a 60-yard touchdown pass, and Ashton Wagner added a touchdown run before Williams caught its collective breath. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "‘Paradise football, like always’: Healing for a town, its team and its heroes," 24 Aug. 2019 While the cybersecurity world took a collective deep breath after the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences, there was still plenty of news to be had this week. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Miners Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shaken and stirred at the Bowl Thomas Lauderdale’s old-school musical collective Pink Martini brings its retro song stylings to the Bowl for a three-night stand with conductor Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Los Angeles Times, "6 weekend picks, led by Pink Martini with Violent Femmes and La Santa Cecilia," 21 Aug. 2019 An art collective founded in Santa Fe, N.M., whose name came from words picked out of a hat, and which puts on immersive exhibitions that tantalize audiences with vivid visuals and storytelling that is magical, mysterious, or just downright weird. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 4)," 1 Aug. 2019 With a catalog of hits that spans decades, the improv-heavy roots rock collective will be back in Mansfield this weekend. Kevin Slane, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to do in Boston this weekend," 20 June 2019 At 60 years old, the alt-rock icon is still stirring the pot, teaming with a collective of musicians called the Kind Heaven Orchestra. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 17 June 2019 New York The latest Whitney Biennial’s online guide features audio of many of the 75 individual artists and collectives talking about their work. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "Whitney Biennial Review: Still Protesting, but to What End?," 15 May 2019 Velma Rossa, creative director Rossa is one-half of 2ManySiblings, a creative collective with her brother, Oliver Asike, concerned with exploring new African narratives in fashion and art. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018 While about a dozen students have reached out to the Debt Collective, an advocacy group that helps borrowers, the collective said many more Art Institute of Phoenix students may be experiencing improper denials. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Art Institute's former students were promised to get their debt erased. It's not happening," 19 June 2019 Defendant speaks Ghost Ship defendant Max Harris took the stand Monday morning and spoke calmly about his responsibilities in the Oakland artist collective, which included collecting rent and cleaning the Fruitvale neighborhood warehouse. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Cult’ winery defends itself — and its value," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of collective

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collective

Adjective

see collect entry 2

Noun

see collect entry 2

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collective

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of collective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shared or done by a group of people : involving all members of a group

collective

noun

English Language Learners Definition of collective (Entry 2 of 2)

: a business or organization that is owned by the people who work there also : the people who own such a business or organization

collective

adjective
col·​lec·​tive | \ kə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce collective (audio) \

Kids Definition of collective

1 : having to do with a number of persons or things thought of as a whole collective nouns
2 : done or shared by a number of persons as a group Neighbors made a collective effort to pick up litter.

Other Words from collective

collectively adverb

collective

adjective
col·​lec·​tive | \ kə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce collective (audio) \

Legal Definition of collective

: involving all members of a group as distinct from individual members

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collectively adverb

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