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

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 Lawyers involved in the liquidation proceedings of Three Arrows Capital’s British Virgin Islands fund would certainly like to know, as the hedge fund founders have not been cooperative in the proceedings so far and their current location is unknown. Sam Reynolds, Fortune, 11 July 2022 Kirby is once again sucking up his foes to spit them out or copy their abilities, and the addition of four-player simultaneous cooperative play makes things much more chaotic in a good way. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 Both Lynlee and Sam were cooperative in their initial interviews. CBS News, 12 Mar. 2022 Gogue said Harsin was cooperative in the investigation and that the coach is eager to address the issues raised moving forward. Bennett Durando, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 Ordered through the state cooperative purchasing program, the city purchased the 2022 Demers MXP 170 Type 1 ambulance for $206,731, paid for out of its capital expenditures fund. John Benson, cleveland, 8 July 2022 Near the end of the meeting there was a featured interview with Randy Babbit, a previous FAA administrator who played a major role in the airline industry’s cooperative safety program. Steven Savage, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The eight-month investigation by Guidepost Solutions was focused specifically on the Executive Committee, which distributes more than $190 million annually in a cooperative program that funds its missions agencies, seminaries and other ministries. Michelle Boorstein, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2022 The all-female cooperative program created by Hubatch will be named the PDX Wine Revolution to distinguish it from her work at Helioterra Wines. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, Aimee Dunsmore, the festival’s executive director approached Guadalupe Blauer about getting the cooperative’s Latino artists a wider platform. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 June 2022 Victor Rojas deposits milk from his farm at the cooperative. Washington Post, 21 May 2022 What’s the difference between a cooperative and a collective? Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Feb. 2022 The cooperative, called Errim, is in the Menzel Mehiri village in central Tunisia, and produces harissa, a hot chili pepper paste that is a staple in the country. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 9 June 2022 This includes a land buyback program to create a buffer zone between the chimp’s habitat and the adjacent villages, a women-run coffee cooperative, a wetlands restoration project, and the construction of a community center in a local village. Christine Chitnis, ELLE, 24 May 2022 Clean Gulf Associates, a nonprofit oil-spill response cooperative that works with the energy exploration and production industry, responded to the scene Wednesday. NBC News, 5 Sep. 2021 Clean Gulf Associates, a nonprofit oil-spill response cooperative that works with the energy exploration and production industry, responded to the scene Wednesday. Michael Biesecker, Chron, 4 Sep. 2021 Clean Gulf Associates, a nonprofit oil-spill response cooperative that works with the energy exploration and production industry, responded to the scene Wednesday. Michael Biesecker, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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Time Traveler for cooperative

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The first known use of cooperative was in 1603

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More Definitions for cooperative

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 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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