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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For the groups, their declarations are less about individual actions and more about a collective effort to prompt political change. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "BirthStrike: The people refusing to have kids, because of climate change," 5 June 2019 And for so long, when travelers flocked to France with an expectation of coming back with their suitcase filled to the brim, those classics are what the collective imagination called to mind. Glamour, "The Best French Brands You Haven’t Heard Of Yet," 29 Mar. 2019 Of course, that's how it was first embedded in our collective imaginations. refinery29.com, "The Ocean's 8 Cast Kindly Requests You Stop Asking This Question," 4 June 2018 Are these the sorts of roles that might overshadow Georgina in the culture’s collective imagination? Max Cea, GQ, "Betty Gabriel Is Waiting for Hollywood’s Call," 1 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter French roads have a hold on the collective imagination. The Economist, "Uproar over new speed limits on French country roads," 31 May 2018 As for religion, well, perhaps religion once inspired people to think about the collective rather than themselves by following in the example of Jesus. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019 The collective on-base from their outfield was .299, third-worst in the league, and that number drops to .285 when looking at all outfielders not named A.J. Pollock. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks hoping for a boost from newcomer Jon Jay," 8 June 2018 Of course, that could just be his I'm-enjoying-this-performance-so-much face, but that's just not how the collective internet's mind works. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Judge Luke Bryan's Reaction to Carrie Underwood's Finale Performance Is Everything," 20 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a small collective of volunteers based in the U.S. and Mexico, has drawn the ire of U.S. conservatives in recent years. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Facing pressure from Trump, Mexico detains two migrant caravan organizers," 6 June 2019 For those who don't know, Gold House is a non-profit collective of trailblazing Asian founders and leaders whose mission is to champion fellow Asians and ensure their cultural impact gets recognized. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "These Are the People Being Honored on the A100 List of Influential Asians in 2019," 1 May 2019 There’s a photo of Monáe surrounded by most of the artists in the Wondaland collective: Jidenna, St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, Chuck Lightning and the producer Nana Kwabena. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice," 19 Apr. 2018 But it can be found in certain human collectives—particularly in families, tribes and nations that share a distinctive cultural inheritance and a history of joint action in the face of adversity. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, "The Liberty of Nations," 24 Aug. 2018 Those concerns included questions about the way the city went about accepting applications for medical marijuana collectives through a numbering system as well as perceived parking issues. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Mesa poised to award license to first medical pot dispensary," 26 Feb. 2018 Ever since, the collective has grown into a popular artistic front known for creating bold, anticolonial feminist public art across the archipelago. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 The students turned the action into an organized movement, announcing the creation of Students of Color Matter, a collective of high-school-age students from Fieldston dedicated to improving the experience of marginalized students. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "How Students of Color Matter are Protesting Racism at Ethical Culture Fieldston School," 14 Mar. 2019 The Haggerty's Layden suggested a number of collectives with decentralized decision making and authorship, including this one. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mary Nohl, Faith Ringgold and other artists whose lives would make good biopics," 18 May 2018

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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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