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 cooperationist (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 Neither has the capacity to confront the major collective challenges of the next decades, which can neither be bombed away nor solved without international cooperation. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "John Bolton’s Accidentally Unflattering Self-Portrait," 25 June 2020 An Associated Press investigation found China delayed sharing critical information with WHO for weeks and that the agency publicly praised China while voicing internal frustrations at Chinese officials’ lack of cooperation. Washington Post, "Germany increases donation to WHO but demands reforms," 25 June 2020 Yet, warn Palestinian officials, even a partial measure will justify a severing of cooperation. Joshua Mitnick, The Christian Science Monitor, "Netanyahu’s annexation dilemma: Making history, but at what cost?," 25 June 2020 Such a restriction would be a relief to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who helped broker a deal to tighten intelligence-sharing and military cooperation with India but regards Huawei as a Trojan horse for Beijing’s spy services. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Border violence could spur India to help US counter China," 18 June 2020 This sort of mutual cooperation and equal training, Plato affirms, are essential to a society’s success. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020 The Paycheck Protection Program, which sped through Congress, was a rare instance of bipartisan cooperation between lawmakers and the administration, and opened for business on April 3, just two weeks after it was drafted. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "PPP Small-Business Loans Left Behind Many of America’s Neediest Firms," 17 June 2020 Those sites, once symbols of inter-Korean cooperation, have been shuttered for years due to inter-Korean disputes and the economic sanctions imposed on North Korea because of its nuclear program. Fox News, "North Korea: Redeploying troops, resuming military exercises at inter-Korean cooperation sites," 17 June 2020 The team was led by Gary Schroen, and Gary and his team's mission is a strategic one to work on a very high level to cement that coalition of cooperation with Eastern and Northern Alliance. CBS News, "Former CIA museum curator highlights the agency's most important artifacts - transcript," 17 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Cooperation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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