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 Authorities also spoke to Braxton and Bri'ya's parents, who are 100 percent cooperative with the investigation, Waters said. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Police seeking missing siblings want to speak to man driving car playing 'loud children's music'," 17 Dec. 2019 Now there’s something to build on, and the Texans have a defense that can be cooperative with what an opposing quarterback is trying to do. BostonGlobe.com, "Given the opposition, look for Sunday to be the Patriots’ best all-around win of the season - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 When asked what had happened, the man, 34, and woman, 32, were not cooperative with officers. cleveland.com, "Theft suspect arrested on Lake County warrant: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 27 Aug. 2019 After the shooting, Drejka was cooperative with police and had a valid Florida concealed weapons license, police said. Eric Levenson, CNN, "'Stand Your Ground' manslaughter trial begins today in killing over handicap parking spot," 19 Aug. 2019 Lisa Berry, a spokeswoman for the Goodyear Police Department, said the bus driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Mother of 13-year-old fatally struck by school bus says he put others above himself," 18 Nov. 2019 Erwin Gigas, the chief geodesist, was more cooperative. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 The weather was most cooperative, warm and sunny, helping to bring out hundreds to the 2019 event. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland, "Big Trucks and Community Services event bigger than ever in Avon Lake," 23 Sep. 2019 The criteria for the study included fleet size, the number of Aircraft Drinking Water Rule violations, results of water sample reports and how cooperative the airlines were in providing answers to questions about water quality. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A university studied the water quality on planes. You may want to skip the coffee on these two airlines," 19 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly 30 years ago, Rojas tells me, the cooperative was just a tortilla shop. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 Most of the cooperative's warehouse space is at the Outpost store at 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Outpost Natural Foods is moving its offices from downtown to Milwaukee's south side," 21 Nov. 2019 Kemps is already owned by the Dairy Farmers of America and Ellison alleged the cooperative essentially had created a monopoly over the local school milk supply. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Attorney General Keith Ellison steps in to fix ‘anti-competitive’ school milk prices," 19 Nov. 2019 There are also several art galleries here, including one that’s attached to an art cooperative. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "What to do in the winter when you don’t ski, from hot springs to ice bumper cars," 18 Dec. 2019 Peterson, who represents Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District on the western side of the state, made the comments Saturday while attending the annual meeting of the First District Association, a dairy cooperative in Litchfield. Carolyn Lange, Twin Cities, "MN Democrat Collin Peterson says he won’t vote for impeachment ‘unless they come up with something’," 14 Dec. 2019 The relationship between Russia and China is strained in some areas but cooperative in others. Douglas J. Feith, National Review, "China’s Maritime Strategic Challenge," 18 Oct. 2019 Visit a fair-trade coffee cooperative to learn how the popular brew is produced, from bean to cup. National Geographic, "Dominican Republic Community Service: Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean," 5 Oct. 2019 Some regional special education cooperatives, which draw students from many districts, didn’t provide information on seclusion and restraint to the Department of Education for 2015-16. Lakeidra Chavis, ProPublica, "The Federal Government Collects Data on How Often Schools Seclude Children. The Numbers Don’t Add Up.," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cooperative.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperativeness. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for cooperative

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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