cooperate

verb
co·​op·​er·​ate | \ kō-ˈä-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce cooperate (audio) \
cooperated; cooperating; cooperates

Definition of cooperate

intransitive verb

1 : to act or work with another or others : act together or in compliance refused to cooperate with the police
2 : to associate with another or others for mutual benefit nations cooperating to fight terrorism

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Other Words from cooperate

cooperator \ kō-​ˈä-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce cooperator (audio) \ noun

Examples of cooperate in a Sentence

It will be much easier if everyone cooperates. Several organizations cooperated in the relief efforts. The country agreed to cooperate with the other nations on the trade agreement. The mother asked the child to put on his pajamas, but the child refused to cooperate. Witnesses were willing to cooperate.
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If the cushions aren't cooperating, your partner can bounce their knees a bit, sending you up and down with little effort. Glamour, "The 12 Best Places to Have Sex," 6 Apr. 2019 Todd Howe, 58 years old, pleaded guilty in 2016 to eights criminal counts and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Former Lobbyist Involved in Bribery Scheme Gets Five Years Probation," 5 Apr. 2019 Paul Manafort, his onetime campaign chairman, pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, after Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, did the same. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Is the president really seething over Sessions and other setbacks?," 21 Sep. 2018 Around that same time, Manafort’s co-defendant and longtime business associate, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Time, "Robert Mueller's Team Accuses Paul Manafort of Trying to Tamper With Witnesses," 4 June 2018 But again, weather and vehicles must all cooperate. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Weather and technical issues forced multiple launch scrubs Tuesday, but…," 18 Dec. 2018 So far, the weather might cooperate for the mission, as there’s a 90 percent chance conditions will be favorable, according to the 45th Space Wing, which oversees launches from the Cape. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2018 Readers also like the variety of restaurants and bars—even grocery stores—and, if weather cooperates, an outdoor observation deck with sweeping views of the action on the runways. 4. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Multiple former Trump associates have folded, taking plea deals and agreeing to cooperate with federal prosecutors. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "If Mueller Is Ever Going to Flip Manafort, Now Seems Like the Time," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of cooperate

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cooperate

Late Latin cooperatus, past participle of cooperari, from Latin co- + operari to work — more at operate

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cooperate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cooperate

: to work together : to work with another person or group to do something
: to be helpful by doing what someone asks or tells you to do
: to act in a way that makes something possible or likely : to produce the right conditions for something to happen

cooperate

verb
co·​op·​er·​ate | \ kō-ˈä-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce cooperate (audio) \
cooperated; cooperating

Kids Definition of cooperate

: to act or work together so as to get something done

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