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 Are there things that public companies could learn from the cooperative model? New York Times, 29 May 2021 Shapiro will introduce legislation to Summit County Council at its May 24 meeting to allow the county to participate in the cooperative agreement. Megan Becka, cleveland, 24 May 2021 This past October, eight nations — the U.S., Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom — signed the Artemis Accords, a cooperative agreement for the peaceful uses of outer space. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 8 May 2021 The company plans to begin raising money in May from individuals and private investors under a cooperative model before launching operations in April 2022. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2021 This sense of possibility emboldened forces working to extend the cooperative model. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2021 Nirenberg and Bush sit on a two-person Alamo Executive Committee at the top of the hierarchy in a cooperative agreement between the city, the Texas General Land Office and nonprofit Alamo Endowment to plan, manage and raise funds for the project. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Mar. 2021 In other action, the council approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission to launch a landscaping project for the Monroe Street underpass at Causeway Boulevard. Kim Charelain | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 18 Jan. 2021 The shooter was detained and was cooperative with investigators, police said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Numbers of victims are hard to come by, but Poplab, a news cooperative in Guanajuato, said at least seven police officers have been killed on their days off so far this year. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 Numbers of victims are hard to come by, but Poplab, a news cooperative in Guanajuato, said at least seven police officers have been killed on their days off so far this year. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Organic Valley, the largest organic cooperative in the nation, has held vaccination clinics not just for workers but also for people in the community. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2021 In Baltimore, a pizzeria that shut when the pandemic hit reopened as a worker cooperative, its ownership shared equally among its 14 original employees. Victor Tan Chen, Fortune, 20 May 2021 Exhibit and sale of works by the MujerArtes women’s clay cooperative that celebrate women for their efforts, honor, bravery and intelligence. San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021 Açaí Barbacuá, a family-run business, and EcoNativa, an organic farming cooperative, have created networks for local famers to harvest and sell juçara berry pulp. CNN, 30 Mar. 2021 Texas’ largest and oldest electric power cooperative, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, filed for bankruptcy Monday after being hit with a $1.8 billion bill from the state’s grid operator. Robert Hart, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Great River, a wholesale cooperative, is one of Minnesota's largest electricity providers, supplying retail power co-ops across the state. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperative. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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