cooperative

adjective
co·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ kō-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce cooperative (audio) , -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 Winne echoed that sentiment of a generally cooperative spirit. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "How commercial real estate in metro Phoenix is faring during COVID-19 pandemic," 4 July 2020 Turkish officials have said Riyadh has not been cooperative in their investigation. Gul Tuysuz, CNN, "Turkey begins trial of 20 Saudis charged with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi," 3 July 2020 Also, given their huge number and political connections, the ability of the RBI to regulate cooperative banks is rather limited. Vivek Kaul, Quartz India, "What India’s PMC Bank scam can teach you about managing your money," 1 July 2020 According to the lawsuit, the women were passive and cooperative before the arrests. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "What we know: Women in viral video file excessive-force lawsuit against IMPD officers," 1 July 2020 Prieto and Phipps have further developed the concept, finding evidence of the cooperative advantage in Spaulding’s achievements and that of other former corporate leaders. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The history of Black management reveals an overlooked form of capitalism," 18 June 2020 The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative ATF and the NSSF. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "17 guns stolen from Montgomery pawn shop; reward offered," 26 June 2020 Out of that has sprung the cooperative Solar Uptown Now Services, which WE ACT hopes can bid on contracts for renewable energy development on Rikers. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Turn Rikers Island Into a Solar Farm," 19 June 2020 In keeping with the times, this cooperative game forces you to join intellectual forces with other players in order to eradicate a widespread disease. NBC News, "Best board games to play in quarantine, according to experts," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Engles’ former company, Dean Foods, filed for bankruptcy in November and sold off most of its assets to Dairy Farmers of America, the nation’s largest dairy cooperative. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Borden Dairy to exit bankruptcy with rival company’s former CEO as its new leader," 26 June 2020 Saru Jayaraman, director of UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center and president of the nonprofit advocacy group One Fair Wage, thinks a statewide cooperative is the answer. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area cooks fire up home businesses, bringing food from their kitchens to your doorstep," 7 June 2020 Belvir Puniya, who heads a local farmers’ cooperative, says that an office assistant from the co-op happened to be in touch with that small group. Popular Science, "An unprecedented locust swarm is creating unlikely allies," 7 June 2020 After a full year of hunting for a permanent spot, New Barons' owners are just happy to be there, said John Degroote, head brewer for the cooperative and one of the group's founding members. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Barons Brewing Cooperative finds its forever home. It's the place where they've always brewed.," 2 June 2020 Wolff said he was forced to lower his financial projections in his application to be accepted into the cooperative. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Rejected by Co-op, ‘Fire and Fury’ Author Michael Wolff Sues for Deposit," 12 May 2020 The dairy cooperatives will supply surplus milk that is typically sold to restaurants, schools and hotels, while Kroger will donate the processing and packaging of the milk that is being supplied. Allen Kim, CNN, "Kroger is donating 200,000 gallons of milk to food banks," 4 May 2020 All decisions are made by consensus, and when there is disagreement, the cooperative has four pages of guidelines for conflict resolution. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Earth Day hits 50 on a planet still seeking sustainability," 22 Apr. 2020 With milk prices plunging to lows that haven’t been seen in nearly four years, dairy cooperatives are dumping the product to curb an oversupply. Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg.com, "Farmers Dump Milk in Latest Blow to Battered U.S. Dairy," 10 May 2020

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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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The first known use of cooperative was in 1603

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12 Jul 2020

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“Cooperative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperative. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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cooperative

adjective
How to pronounce cooperative (audio)

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 How to pronounce cooperative (audio) \

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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