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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web However, there will be greater cooperation between Shopify and Google that Finkelstein and Ready are currently discussing so lines may blur even more in the future. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 1 June 2021 China’s Foreign Ministry has said the Pentagon unfairly targets Chinese companies and that the U.S. encourages similar cooperation between private enterprise and its military. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 25 May 2021 Such probes often identify weaknesses in US defenses that enemies were able to exploit -- for instance, in aviation security and poor cooperation between intelligence agencies in 2001. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 19 May 2021 These parties obviously have a profoundly different worldview than the Zionist parties, which has been a barrier preventing cooperation between them. Rich Lowry, National Review, 18 May 2021 At last, a realpolitik cooperation between Arabs and right-wing leaders seemed possible. Time, 17 May 2021 But the cooperation between the Ossewabrandwag and the German agents did not go unnoticed. Evert Kleynhans, Quartz, 15 May 2021 The National League of Cities suggests that nonpartisan elections may produce more cooperation between officials and perhaps less political campaign spending. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 Biden, friends said, still sees cooperation between the parties as an essential component of a healthy democracy that respects the will of the majority and the voice of the minority. NBC news, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of cooperation was in the 14th century

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“Cooperation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cooperation

: a situation in which people work together to do something
: the actions of someone who is being helpful by doing what is wanted or asked for


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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