cooperative

1 of 2

adjective

co·​op·​er·​a·​tive kō-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce cooperative (audio)
-ˈä-pə-ˌrā-
1
a
: 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
cooperatively adverb
cooperativeness noun

cooperative

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Unlike traditional cooperative bank setups, where bureaucratic hurdles and regulatory gatekeeping can limit establishment and access, Mints like Fedimint and Cashu offer a groundbreaking approach. Susie Violet Ward, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Individual operators are also required to join a transport corporation or cooperative of at least 15 drivers. Mark Saludes, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024 But maintaining a cooperative, excited, successful place, full of artists, is an incredible accomplishment. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 5 Feb. 2024 Three Sisters Market will be Charlotte’s first cooperative grocery store and is expected to open next year. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 26 Jan. 2024 Wiggins is to resign from Siloam Springs on June 30 and start at the cooperative July 1. Wiggins, 54, has worked in the Siloam Springs School District for 22 years; he's been superintendent since July 2019. Al Gaspeny, arkansasonline.com, 2 Feb. 2024 Small rewards for good behavior help motivate kids to be cooperative. Bevone Ritchie, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 But cooperative talks on avoiding conflict and a couple of treaties led to the clock moving farther from midnight in the 1960s. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2024 Big tech companies have been cooperative with the government around AI in the absence of clear regulations. Emilia David, The Verge, 24 Jan. 2024
Noun
The Nigerian shea butter is designed to protect and regenerate the skin, and all of its ingredients, including vitamins A and E, are sourced ethically from African cooperatives and artisans. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Around the edges were little cypress trees that resembled the tall cypress that stands outside the cooperative. Raja Abdulrahim, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 A lot of the urban farms, however, are nonprofits, cooperatives, and/or staffed primarily by volunteers, so detailed reporting can be a challenge. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2024 Several other co-ops quickly followed suit. Leadership from each co-op also meets to keep communication and coordination between the cooperatives. Ginny Monk, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2024 One of our flagship cooperatives, Material Return, is leading the push to the U.S. circular economy. Ashoka, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Their recommendations include securing land rights for women, promoting women’s cooperatives, and encouraging women to lead on developing climate policy. Uzmi Athar, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 The director of the cooperative, Taghrid Hudoosh, 55, nodded. Raja Abdulrahim, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 The quiet, mid-block building, designed by architect Lafayette A. Goldstone and home to stage and screen treasure Christine Baranski, was completed in 1929 and converted to a cooperative in 1953. Mark David, Robb Report, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see cooperate

Noun

see cooperate

First Known Use

Adjective

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cooperative was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Cooperative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperative. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cooperative

1 of 2 adjective
co·​op·​er·​a·​tive kō-ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv How to pronounce cooperative (audio)
-ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt-
1
: willing to cooperate
cooperative neighbors
2
: of, relating to, or organized as a cooperative
a cooperative store
cooperative apartments
cooperatively adverb
cooperativeness noun

cooperative

2 of 2 noun
: an association owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services

Legal Definition

cooperative

1 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or organized as a cooperative

cooperative

2 of 2 noun
co·​op·​er·​a·​tive
: 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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