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

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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.

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What Lewis establishes in detail in the report, however, is a cooperative ecosystem in which key players act as conveyors from the mainstream right to the extreme right by conducting credulous, friendly interviews with both. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018 Which the government assisted the government, the companies were cooperative with. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Is it time for a ‘slow food’ movement for the internet?," 12 Sep. 2018 Officials said the company has been very cooperative with the investigation. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Coast Guard Raises Duck Boat in Fatal Missouri Accident," 23 July 2018 The Visa is given to certain undocumented immigrants who are victims of a crime and are cooperative with law enforcement in an investigation, The Times reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Undocumented immigrant seeks sanctuary at Seattle church: report," 29 June 2018 The Karolyis were and remain fully cooperative with this investigation. Washington Post, "Nassar, trainer charged with sex assault; Karolyis cleared," 29 June 2018 Both were stable, and neither was cooperative with investigators, police said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "10 people shot, 1 fatally, in 6 hours in Chicago," 14 July 2018 The president's comments on China appeared to reflect concern that U.S. imposition of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports last week could make China less cooperative in pressuring the North over its nuclear and missile programs. Fox News, "Trump says he's still confident Kim will denuclearize," 10 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet for women such as Ms. Owok and Dubria and their coffee cooperatives, the ambitions are much bigger than making money. Kieran Guilbert, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coffee brews peace, business between communities in the Philippines," 4 Apr. 2018 The cooperative is still estimating the cost of replacing the cable. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State of emergency declared for Washington Island after June power loss," 13 July 2018 To mark the occasion, the energy-buying cooperative is donating $10,000 to 20 organizations and electric vehicle chargers to another 20. BostonGlobe.com, "Finding a powerful inspiration in salad dressing," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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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