coo

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verb \ˈkü\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of coo

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make the low soft cry of a dove or pigeon or a similar sound The baby cooed quietly in her crib.

  3. 2 :  to talk fondly, amorously, or appreciatively The family cooed over the baby pictures.

coo

noun

Examples of coo in a Sentence

  1. The baby cooed quietly in her crib.

  2. The baby was making a cooing sound.

  3. They all cooed over the baby pictures.

  4. Oh, how sweet, she cooed.

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Origin and Etymology of coo

imitative


COO

abbreviation

Definition of COO

  1. chief operating officer


Financial Definition of COO

coo

What It Is

The chief operating officer (COO) is responsible for executing and implementing the operational directives set by the CEO and the board of directors. Whereas the CEO is responsible for the overall leadership of the company, the COO is responsible for the day-to-day execution.

How It Works

The COO works for the CEO. Often, the board of directors has a role in the selection of the COO. The COO is often viewed as the CEO's second in command.

There is a lot of variety in the COO's job across industries and companies, but in general the COO oversees a company's operations on a more detailed basis than the CEO. The COO also translates the board's and the CEO's strategic objectives into executable plans.

For example, if one of the company's objectives is to increase customer satisfaction, the COO works with the appropriate departments to execute the plan and devises ways to measure and control the progress. The COO then monitors those measurements over time, advises the CEO and board on certain issues and reports back to the CEO on the status of the progress toward the strategic goal.

If companies were ships, the CEO would be the captain, deciding where the ship is going and standing on deck to ensure things were moving in the right direction. The COO would be below deck making sure everyone is rowing in the right direction, measuring resource levels, making sure everybody understood what to do and calculating how long it should be until the ship reached its destination.

Why It Matters

COOs are behind-the-scenes people with a lot of responsibility. They are "go-to" people who are critical to effective organizations. The best COOs work with the culture of the organization to get things done according to its strategic vision and the directives set forth by the CEO.

It is very important that the COO is able to trust and work well with the CEO and CFO. The COO must be able to persuade and motivate people toward action; must be able to manage a wide range of departments; and must be able to do so within financial constraints.



COO Defined for English Language Learners

coo

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verb

Definition of coo for English Language Learners

  • : to make the soft sound of a dove or pigeon; also : to make a similar sound

  • : to talk in a soft, quiet, and loving way


COO Defined for Kids

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coo

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verb \ˈkü\

Definition of coo for Students

cooed

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cooing

  1. 1 :  to make the soft sound made by doves and pigeons or a similar sound

  2. 2 :  to talk or say fondly or lovingly “Hush now,” she cooed to her baby.


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coo

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Definition of coo for Students

plural

coos

  1. :  a sound of or similar to that made by doves and pigeons



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