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

In 2001, University Square’s owners, in an effort to facilitate construction of the parking garage, entered into a cooperative agreement with the Cleveland Port Authority and the City of University Heights. cleveland.com, "University Heights mayor says process of redeveloping University Square has begun," 3 July 2019 Continuing to strengthen the cooperative relationship between the Association and the Golf and Tennis Clubs and Osuna Ranch in recognition of their value as community assets/amenities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meet the Rancho Santa Fe Association board candidates," 2 May 2019 The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline consortium was created in 2016 with a $10 million cooperative agreement that established a NASA hub in the Pacific Northwest. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Hey, students: Design a drone/robot combo for a virtual moon landing, and you could win a trip to NASA," 11 Feb. 2019 Officials emphasized that much of the work ahead would require communicating with a public that may be angry about losing a convenient bus stop, or even an entire route, and building a more cooperative relationship between SEPTA and the city. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philadelphia's new bus network begins to take shape," 21 June 2018 The protesters consider Georgia’s current government to be overly cooperative with Russia. Washington Post, "Large protest at Georgia’s parliament for 3rd straight day," 22 June 2019 The sheriff's office says the truck driver remained at the scene near Grand Rapids and was cooperative. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan boy, 7, fatally struck while riding bike with dad," 14 June 2019 Peeno was cooperative with his arrest on June 6, said the detective. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Erlanger police: Driver charged, shooter moving around NKY," 12 June 2019 And, let’s be honest, all the trekking to Storyville or Science Alive was fun when the children were cooperative. Tanika Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Have a seat, Guilt: Why this working mom is OK with running late," 15 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sculptors, who were recruited via an open audition facilitated by artists from Kinshasa, founded a cooperative, the Congolese Plantation Workers’ Art League, or CATPC, in 2014. Eléonore Hellio, National Geographic, "See the Congolese artists igniting a modern arts movement," 8 Apr. 2019 Tri-State serves 43 member electric cooperatives over 200,000 square miles and four states — Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Nebraska. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Tri-State looking at asking federal energy agency to set its electric rates," 14 June 2019 Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 people, was insured through a cooperative of 25 municipalities called the St. Louis Area Insurance Trust, commonly referred to as SLAIT. Topher Sanders, ProPublica, "A Lawsuit Over Ferguson’s “Debtors Prison” Drags On," 31 May 2019 The money goes back to the cooperative, which uses it to pay the artists as well as to buy land and seedlings. Eléonore Hellio, National Geographic, "See the Congolese artists igniting a modern arts movement," 8 Apr. 2019 District 401, one of 11 districts in the cooperative, contributes more $400,000. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "'The district's vision': Elmwood Park superintendent speaks on finances, technology and more," 30 Apr. 2018 While the acquisition is small compared with the company’s typical investments, the properties—three retail condominiums and a long-term leasehold in a cooperative—gives the company enough of a presence to stimulate the area, Mr. Goldban said. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Brookfield Plans Retail Reboot on Bleecker Street," 22 Apr. 2018 Additionally, the settlement does not relieve the costs borne by the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, which also shared ownership in the project. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement," 27 Nov. 2018 The system would be much more efficient and cost-effective by combining Chugach and ML&P. As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, Chugach Electric is focused on serving our more than 68,000 members with reliable, safe, affordable electricity. Lee Thiber, Anchorage Daily News, "The case for consolidating Chugach Electric and Municipal Light & Power," 14 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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The first known use of cooperative was in 1603

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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 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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