cooperative

adjective
co·op·er·a·tive | \ kō-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv , -ˈä-pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of cooperative 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : marked by cooperation cooperative efforts

b : marked by a willingness and ability to work with others cooperative neighbors

2 : of, relating to, or organized as a cooperative a cooperative store

3 : relating to or comprising a program of combined liberal arts and technical studies at different schools

cooperative

noun

Definition of cooperative (Entry 2 of 2)

: an enterprise or organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services

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Other words from cooperative

Adjective

cooperatively adverb
cooperativeness noun

Examples of cooperative in a Sentence

Adjective

The witness was very cooperative. a cooperative space project undertaken by Russia and the U.S.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The driver of the SUV was cooperative and no charges were made, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hartford Police: Pedestrian Hit In Downtown Hartford; Part Of Columbus Boulevard Closed," 13 June 2018 In Wyoming, natural adversaries have created cooperative arrangements like the sage-grouse plan to prevent a listing under the Endangered Species Act. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018 One is from startup Zenomics, the offspring of a cooperative research effort between the University of North Carolina and NC State. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018 Her library and Lantana have a cooperative agreement with Boynton Beach that allows users of their city library to use those two branches, Permenter said. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach library to close for a month; here's where patrons can go instead," 26 June 2018 In a follow-up meeting that includes both employees, they should be engaged in crafting a cooperative agreement that puts them on a stronger footing. Steven P. Dinkin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The passed-over interim and the outside hire," 10 June 2018 Sharonda Williams, the most recent chairwoman of the RTA, says that could theoretically be done through a multi-parish cooperative endeavor agreement. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "How does the New Orleans area get true regional transit?," 20 May 2018 Police will buy the 229 panels through a cooperative purchase agreement with ProForce Law Enforcement, a California retail store specializing in guns and tactical gear for law enforcement agencies, police officers and first responders. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Bullets pierced a police car door during a shootout. Now officers may get better protection | The Sacramento Bee," 1 May 2018 Nix says that Infirmary Health has worked with USA Health, including a temporary cooperative agreement on cancer care. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "UAB-Infirmary Health alliance could have big impact on Alabama care," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The federation now represents about 75 cooperatives, made up of some 20,000 families. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Ralph Paige, Champion of Black Farmers, Dies at 74," 6 July 2018 Part of the answer lies with powerful dairy cooperatives, groups of farmers who work together to sell their milk. NBC News, "Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'," 30 June 2018 Meanwhile, the three food and flavor companies have signed a contract agreeing to buy the vanilla directly from the 1,000 or so farmers in the cooperative, rather than through the middlemen who can take up to a 60% cut for themselves. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 The elder Shamalov helped co-found the Ozero cooperative, an elite dacha community that includes Putin as a member. Nathan Hodge, CNN, "The Russia sanctions list: Who's on the new US blacklist," 6 Apr. 2018 Next, on May 1, the state will begin accepting applications from cultivation firms, craft marijuana-growing cooperatives, and other small businesses. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "With a mouse click, pot licensing will kick off," 1 Apr. 2018 The property is managed by a community cooperative that reinvests its proceeds, Gebbia said, while tourists help provide support for local craftspeople and artisans. Eli Meixler, Fortune, "Airbnb Is an Expert At Building Trust Between Strangers. Now It's Using That Skill for Good," 7 Mar. 2018 Farm cooperatives have urged members to think twice about adding more cows to their operations when the marketplace is awash in milk. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Already in trouble, Wisconsin dairy farmers are now getting hammered by tariffs," 27 June 2018 State law eliminates the status of cooperatives under a sunset clause. Brad Branan, sacbee, "Weedmaps to Bureau of Cannabis Control: You don't have the authority to police us | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cooperative

Adjective

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cooperative

Adjective

see cooperate

Noun

see cooperate

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cooperative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cooperative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: willing to be helpful by doing what someone wants or asks for

: involving two or more people or groups working together to do something

: relating to a business or organization that is owned and operated by the people who work there or the people who use its services

cooperative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cooperative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a business or organization that is owned and operated by the people who work there or the people who use its services

cooperative

adjective
co·op·er·a·tive | \ kō-ˈä-pə-rə-tiv \

Kids Definition of cooperative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : willing to work with others

2 : relating to an organization owned by and operated by the people who work there or use its services a cooperative store

cooperative

noun

Kids Definition of cooperative (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organization owned and operated by the people who work there or use its services

cooperative

adjective

Legal Definition of cooperative 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or organized as a cooperative

cooperative

noun
co·op·er·a·tive

Legal Definition of cooperative (Entry 2 of 2)

: an enterprise or organization (as for banking and credit services or the ownership of residential property) that is owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services

called also co-op

— compare condominium sense 1

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