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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Thankfully, historians were prepared to mind the knowledge gap and help point out where our collective memory is flawed. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The New York Times Launches the 1619 Project: raceAhead," 14 Aug. 2019 Not to worry, though; our collective memory and sensitivities always seems to revert back to the media violence status quo before too long. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Walmart, ESPN pull violent game marketing following shootings," 9 Aug. 2019 Not everyone, though, shares that collective memory. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The average young Indian’s view on the Kargil War is shaped by Bollywood and nationalism," 25 July 2019 For Carlyle the contrary of history is not fiction but oblivion, the unraveling of the collective human memory that holds civilization together. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, "History as Wisdom: Thomas Carlyle vs. the ‘Perfectibilarians’," 20 July 2019 Our collective human memory can barely reach back ten thousand years. Ann Druyan, National Geographic, "Dear Voyagers: How your billion-year journey carries true love," 10 July 2019 We were baffled by our collective memory of Michael the loving, lovable child who was now shutting himself off from us. Margo Jefferson, Harper's magazine, "Lost Boy," 24 June 2019 That might be enough to wash 2007’s Spider-Man 3 from our collective memory. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Tom Hardy returning for Venom 2," 22 June 2019 In both debates the question has been largely the same: What happens when words become inextricably linked in society’s collective memory with the same atrocity? The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "For Japanese Americans, debate over what counts as a ‘concentration camp’ is familiar," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Indeed, there are plenty of legit motorcycling collectives, some of which call themselves riding clubs—as opposed to motorcycle clubs—to further distinguish themselves from the outlaws and thereby minimize potential conflict. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Where Are Those Motorcyclists Going?," 27 May 2019 José Manuel Poot Chan, who oversees communications for a Campeche-wide beekeeping collective, sits on a bench. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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