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

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 On the second, however, France is still trying to work out how to reconcile its version of the collective European interest, notably in response to regional troublemakers in Turkey, Russia, Libya and elsewhere, with how others see it. The Economist, "Trying to square a circle France, as ever, wants to be both European and French," 26 Sep. 2020 Litigation to get companies to allow compulsory licensing (which is legal under World Trade Organization agreements), and collective action can also make a difference. Nicole Hassoun, Fortune, "To ethically tackle COVID-19, Big Pharma needs an overhaul," 25 Sep. 2020 What's more, the world's collective response has lacked coordination and arguably failed, a point that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made himself on Thursday. Peter Prengaman, Star Tribune, "The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics," 25 Sep. 2020 Litwin brings his mult-client roster with him to the company, including songwriter-producer-artist Murda Beatz and his writer-producer collective Murda Gang, Daysix & Zypitano, Tyler Armes, JJ Stevens, Nas Moore and Foster. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Oak View Group Hires 5 for Seattle Arena, Capitol Music Group Ups Digital Whiz to SVP," 25 Sep. 2020 The critics of mid-century managerial society looked upon this new collective ethic with suspicion, countering that people were already too concerned with how they were perceived. Beth Blum, The New Yorker, "The Radical History of Corporate Sensitivity Training," 24 Sep. 2020 Managing climate change, experts said, will require rethinking virtually every aspect of daily life: how and where homes are built, how power grids are designed, how people plan for the future with the collective good in mind. John Branch, New York Times, "Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.," 22 Sep. 2020 But America is also a nation that has sacrificed for the collective good. David G. Allan, CNN, "The new ethics of Covid: Holding each other accountable for risky behavior saves lives," 19 Sep. 2020 Choose to quarantine yourself for the collective good, or nah. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, "America’s Game," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Marseille has been a cradle of French rap and hip-hop since the IAM collective and the links between OM and local artists have been strong for years. Billboard, "BMG Launches Record Label With French Soccer Club Olympique de Marseille," 24 Sep. 2020 During the virtual event, See will discuss her book about the complex, decades-long friendship between two women who are members of an all-female diving collective on the Korean island of Jeju. baltimoresun.com, "Harford County Public Library to host One Maryland One Book virtual author visit Oct. 7," 23 Sep. 2020 Those prompted public apologies and promises of change from the Rhymesayers record label, the Doomtree hip-hop collective and other musicians accused of being complicit, including Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles and Dessa of Doomtree. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "17 Minnesota singer-songwriters explore sexual harassment and abuse in 'MeTooMpls' album," 21 Sep. 2020 The aspect of you that wants to fit in with friends or a collective is being challenged by a more flamboyant streak that wants to feel powerful, influential, and special. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for September 12, 2020," 12 Sep. 2020 Margaret Correll is a retired drawing instructor from Northwest Arkansas Community College and a member of the Fenix Fayetteville art collective. Lara Jo Hightower, Arkansas Online, "Makers' Round-Up: Craig Colurusso and Margaret Correll," 3 Sep. 2020 The women also run a savings collective, and several operate an informal day care for HIV-positive children. Pauline Nyambura, The Christian Science Monitor, "Karate grannies: As assaults persist, Nairobi’s women fight back," 2 Sep. 2020 In the middle of Over-The-Rhine's entertainment district is an art collective made for and by community members. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Storefronts at buddy's place: These windows in OTR offer a voice to the community," 21 Aug. 2020 Recently, the theater launched a new arts collective to lobby for funding alongside three other companies that also present culturally specific work. Lisa Salinas, Dallas News, "Virginia Grise joins Cara Mía Theatre as playwright-in-residence for three years," 23 July 2020

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

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Cite this Entry

“Collective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collective. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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collective

adjective
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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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