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

Other Words from cooperate

cooperator \ kō-​ˈä-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce cooperate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Only then can typically siloed teams cooperate to foster a continuous innovation cycle. David Mankowski, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Bowers also told Karl he hasn’t been contacted by the Justice Department, which is conducting its own investigation into the Capitol attack, but would cooperate if asked to do so. Meghan Mistry, ABC News, 31 July 2022 Good catches are being reported from West Sister Island to Conneaut, when wind and big waves cooperate. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 28 July 2022 Federal officers often share information with state and local police departments or cooperate in investigations. Arden Farhi, CBS News, 28 July 2022 Russia is also looking to cooperate more with China’s space program, which launched a laboratory module on Sunday to add to its space station, Tiangong. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Russia is also looking to cooperate more with China’s space program, which launched a laboratory module on Sunday to add to its space station, Tiangong. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2022 Gasoline prices have fallen to less than $4 per gallon in San Antonio and are likely to keep retreating through the rest of the summer — if oil markets cooperate. Staff Reports, San Antonio Express-News, 19 July 2022 Bannon, a longtime adviser and strategist for former president Donald Trump, is facing a pair of federal charges after refusing for months to cooperate with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. Ashraf Khalil, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of cooperate was in 1582

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“Cooperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperate. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cooperate

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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