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

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 To actually bring about democratic reform, Belarusians will require the collective action of other Western nations committed to the values and principles of basic human rights and freedoms. Alexander Vindman And Andrei Sannikov, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 There is an enormous collective action problem there. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 Hillman, 16, believes strongly in local displays of collective action. Alex Kuffner, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 One of the emerging findings of the Covid-19 pandemic is the need for collective action, involving individuals, the private sector and all levels and branches of government, to guarantee health and safety. Lawrence Gostin, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 The coronavirus era has not been a time of collective action. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 The pandemic offers a grim lesson on the prospects for collective action. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021 Complicating matters, the need for collective action to tackle such an urgent, existential global threat comes at a time of rising nationalism. New York Times, 30 Oct. 2021 Policies and plans entrenched in science can get ahead of still largely avoidable climate change impacts, but will require global cooperation and collective action. Sweta Chakraborty, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their latest exhibition, Circle, involves all the members of the collective and is on show in a lovely historic Bloomsbury townhouse across from the British Museum. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 In the daily dress of its people — which is to say, in the look of the collective — there are tales of unease, joy and resilience. Jason Parham, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 That has, for better or for worse, changed the narrative of the collective and changed the way that the media reacts to certain situations and moments in time. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2021 Yee, who is volunteering with the land trust, believes the history trail will create a kind of collective of memory of the neighborhood that would otherwise risk being forgotten. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 Biden and other political leaders need to start thinking about the good of the collective and not just the rights of the individual. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 7 July 2021 Here is a collective of middle-aged men with deep industry experience providing newcomers the opportunity to break through in return for a piece of their future revenue. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 The unassuming back entrance of a downtown Phoenix art collective will soon be revealed as a two story agave wonderland. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 Serious but not self-serious, the collective’s members are an eclectic bunch. New York Times, 24 Sep. 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 1 Dec. 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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