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 But this past also reminds us that real change will only happen by learning from the collective American experience, one in which those who supported systems of oppression were met by others who bravely battled against them. Jonathan Daniel Wells, Smithsonian Magazine, "The So-Called ‘Kidnapping Club’ Featured New York Cops Selling Free Blacks Into Slavery," 14 Oct. 2020 Club of Stars is a narrative of a collective memory demanding to be told. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 8 Oct. 2020 At the nation’s birth, people found a way to celebrate democracy, freedom and equality while owning slaves and destroying Indigenous populations, and then found ways to erase many of these horrors from the nation’s collective memory. Jonathan Kanter, The Conversation, "Microaggressions aren’t just innocent blunders – new research links them with racial bias," 24 Sep. 2020 Brittany Hutchinson, an assistant curator at the Chicago History Museum, cautioned that our collective memory of, say, World War II as a time of great national unity is centered largely on the white, middle-class experience. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Comparing COVID-19 with previous national crises such as Vietnam War, Spanish flu: Historians weigh in on the similarities and differences," 10 Sep. 2020 But scientific evidence — and our collective daily experience coping with Covid-19 — tells us that pandemics may equal or surpass these dangers. David M. Morens, STAT, "Coming to terms with the real bioterrorist behind Covid-19: nature," 9 Sep. 2020 Hong Kong, a former colony that is administered as a special administrative region, has been an outlier in evading Beijing’s draconian controls over the flow of news and efforts to retool the collective memory. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "How History Gets Rewritten," 8 Sep. 2020 Gather items from a broad swath of residents that, viewed together, tell the story of a particular region’s collective experience of coronavirus. Eve Sneider, Wired, "The Race to Collect the Pandemic's History—as It Unfolds," 20 Aug. 2020 The carousel is part of the Crescent City's collective memory, DeViney said, making the vandalism especially sad. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Vandals do $10,000 damage to City Park antique carousel, leave racist and sexual graffiti," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Preisch had already taken a new job as the chef and innkeeper at the Silo Suites B&B at Abbey Road Farm, a working farm and wine collective in Carlton. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s top fine-dining restaurants has closed for good," 7 Oct. 2020 Mali Woods-Drake, co-founder of E4E, and her team created a community space and Black collective to also invite discussion about social justice. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Oct. 1," 1 Oct. 2020 Start your own organization, start your own collective. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'Kids, Race and Unity': Alicia Keys hosts star-studded Nickelodeon racism special for kids," 30 June 2020 Wearing a mask, gathering with family, flying to see a loved one — where once our small choices at least had the illusion of being ours alone, they now cannot be made without the collective in mind. Serena Dai, San Francisco Chronicle, "What do people do when none of the options are simple?," 5 Oct. 2020 Powers theorized that a foundational canon by women about women—one that wasn’t forced to play by established, patriarchal rules—would focus on the collective and not on a pecking order. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Futility of Rolling Stone’s Best-Albums List," 2 Oct. 2020 The collective became Unicorn Riot, an educational nonprofit funded by grants and donations. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Unicorn Riot's protest coverage brings global notice to the alternative media group," 2 Oct. 2020 The members of the artists’ collective, known as Civic Lab, were all actively involved in the protests. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Sudan jails artists for gender-mixed theater workshop, echoing Bashir-era repression," 24 Sep. 2020 All told, the collective gathered enough supplies for 700 families and delivered care packages throughout the weekend. oregonlive, "When school districts canceled meal delivery over wildfire smoke, Black moms stepped in to make supply runs," 23 Sep. 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 30 Oct. 2020.

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collective

adjective
How to pronounce collective (audio)

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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