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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web China has to cooperate with that transparency, access for international experts, information sharing that has to happen. CBS News, 13 June 2021 As part of his plea agreement, Gates will cooperate with Mueller’s team. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 13 June 2021 Unfortunately, the weather may not cooperate for ideal eclipse viewing in many areas, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 If the clouds cooperate, look west at dusk to catch Mars, the moon, Mercury and Venus lined up vertically. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Iraq is also likely to cooperate with other secular Arab states, namely Egypt and Jordan, to strengthen its positions against Arab rivals as well as Turkey and Iran. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 10 May 2021 But on both occasions, Boudin said, the woman would not cooperate. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Apr. 2021 Such an agreement generally involves requiring a company to admit to wrongdoing, agree to initiate reforms, cooperate with prosecutors, pay a fine and promise not to commit additional crimes. Mark Gillispie, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and everyone will have a great time. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for cooperate

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The first known use of cooperate was in 1582

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17 Jun 2021

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“Cooperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperate. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for cooperate

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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