cooperation

noun
co·​op·​er·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce cooperation (audio) \

Definition of cooperation

1 : the actions of someone who is being helpful by doing what is wanted or asked for : common effort We are asking for your full cooperation.
2 : association of persons for common benefit established trade and economic cooperations

Other Words from cooperation

cooperationist \ (ˌ)kō-​ˌä-​pə-​ˈrā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce cooperation (audio) \ noun

Examples of cooperation in a Sentence

The report cited a lack of cooperation between state and local officials. Thank you for your cooperation. We are asking for your full cooperation.
Recent Examples on the Web The Astros had to get a lot of cooperation from their other draft picks to make the Clifford signing work. Matt Young, Chron, 29 July 2022 In a six-hour discussion in Bali this month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave Secretary of State Antony Blinken a list of prospective areas of cooperation, including global health, North Korea and arms control, the U.S. officials said. Alex Leary, WSJ, 28 July 2022 The space station has long been a symbol of post-Cold War international teamwork in the name of science but is now one of the last areas of cooperation between the U.S. and the Kremlin. Vladimir Isachenkov, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 The space station has long been a symbol of post-Cold War international teamwork in the name of science but is now one of the last areas of cooperation between the U.S. and the Kremlin. Vladimir Isachenkov, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 And Nasheed and the Rajapaksas have a history of cooperation. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 14 July 2022 And there can be collateral benefits in re-establishing occasional patterns of cooperation between the two countries. Frank Lavin, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Both the United States and Russia hailed the vote as a success for diplomacy, and the product of a meeting between President Biden and Putin a month earlier in Geneva — the kind of cooperation that is now a distant memory. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Call it victim blaming, but this belief about possession has persisted for millennia: No one can be possessed without some degree of cooperation. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cooperation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cooperation

see cooperate

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“Cooperation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperation. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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cooperation

noun
co·​op·​er·​a·​tion | \ kō-ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce cooperation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cooperation

: the act or process of working together to get something done

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