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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Adjective

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 The Alphabet Workers Union is not seeking certification through the NLRB, instead hoping to use its collective power to advocate for a better workplace. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 While living together, the contestants try to identify their match in order to win money as a collective group. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 5 Sep. 2021 In the big picture, unionizing and collective action may be a more productive path than quitting, for people looking to take power back and set new standards for contemporary work culture. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2021 Symone teams up with her predecessor, Jaida Essence Hall, to square off against their respective Miss Congeniality title-holders Lala Ri and Heidi N Closet to test their collective knowledge on Television Academy factoids. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Their collective power, funds and aspirations offered the promise of real progress. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 The debt strike is about building collective power and making the millions of indebted Americans feel less alone in their struggles against it. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 Saudi Arabia's Ḥimā Cultural Area rock art also made the cut, as did the French town of Nice, while spa towns across Europe including Bath, England, and Františkovy Lázně in the Czech Republic were confirmed as a collective group. Francesca Street, CNN, 28 July 2021 The collective group, known as OPEC-plus, will reassess market conditions in December. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One came from Michael Arad, an entry that would push back on Libeskind’s enormous pit idea, suggesting a street-level plaza, a public space for the collective and the individual to consider what was lost. USA Today, 2 Sep. 2021 Memes transform a static communicative event into a collective, shared social experience. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Since opening in early 2021, this collective has welcomed and parted ways with several food and drink vendors. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 As a wellness collective, Junard and Momplaisir said the goal of You Good Sis? BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Most of them were jazz combos, but he was also invited to join Alexis Korner’s raucous rhythm-and-blues collective, Blues Incorporated. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Gab was hacked earlier this year, and Distributed Denial of Secrets, a transparency collective, shared a major archive of user data with journalists. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 The collective behind Stockholm niche perfumery Stora Skuggan attempts to bottle the mystery, and its blend of immortelle, fig leaf, and malt sugar is appropriately enigmatic. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 20 Aug. 2021 Squeak was a producer for Pivot Gang, a hip hop artist collective based out the west side of Chicago. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 17 Aug. 2021

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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

Middle English collectif, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin collēctīvus, going back to Late Latin, "comprehensive, (in logic and grammar) inferential," going back to Latin, "preceding by inference, deductive," from collēctus, past participle of colligere "to gather together, assemble, accumulate, deduce, infer" + -īvus -ive — more at collect entry 2

Noun

derivative of collective entry 1

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The first known use of collective was in the 15th century

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“Collective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collective. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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

Other Words from collective

collectively adverb

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