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 Airbnb in recent years has struck a much more cooperative tone with regulators and lawmakers, distinguishing itself from tech companies that seemed to pride themselves at thumbing their noses at authorities. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Cisco bends to Tech Chronicle’s demands and brings back RuPaul," 18 Nov. 2020 The council went into executive session to discuss legal aspects of the lease and a 2015 cooperative agreement on the project. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo plan roadblock triggers San Antonio City Council argument, recriminations," 12 Nov. 2020 The cooperative missions were lots of fun, but this game’s bloat included way too much entanglement with Ubisoft online fussiness, including needing a real-world phone app to unlock all the chests. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "All the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked," 11 Nov. 2020 The Arrest has cleared way for an earthy, cooperative community undistracted by screens, as if humanity has found its true destiny in a verdant, hobbit-y shire. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Review: Jonathan Lethem's 'The Arrest' a shaggy-dog apocalypse tale," 8 Nov. 2020 Martin said that, in general, patients are cooperative and don't seem worried about removing their mask for procedures. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From 'very accepted' to 'this whole thing is a hoax': Milwaukee-area businesses take varying views on the mask mandate," 6 Nov. 2020 Representatives from the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom signed the Artemis Accords, a cooperative agreement that lays the foundation for future space governance. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "The Artemis Accords: A Giant Leap for Space Commerce," 6 Nov. 2020 Good news for the kids and parents trick-or-treating on Halloween this year: the weather will be cooperative. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Halloween forecast: Trick-or-treaters won't have to battle the elements this year," 30 Oct. 2020 The weather was cooperative, the field was immaculate and the Northwestern Wildcats were ready on Saturday to erase the nightmare of the 2019 season. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Northwestern brings its own juice to the season opener — and gives Pat Fitzgerald his 100th career win with a 43-3 rout of Maryland," 24 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First dibs at the cooperative go to graduates of the Yavapai College program. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "Best Arizona wines: These are the 2020 azcentral Arizona Wine Competition winners," 12 Nov. 2020 Kopenhagen Fur, a cooperative of 1,500 Danish breeders, accounts for 40% of the global mink production. Jan M. Olsen, USA TODAY, "North Denmark in lockdown after mutated coronavirus infects minks being farmed for fur," 7 Nov. 2020 Last year, the beetles damaged five million cubic meters of lumber, about a quarter of the season’s potential yield, says Johan Thor, an applied physicist and head of data science at the cooperative. Ted Alcorn, WSJ, "How AI Can Help Save Forests," 3 Nov. 2020 In the latest episode of our Fortune Reinvent podcast, Land O'Lakes SVP Heather Anfang explains how the agricultural cooperative dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shocks to demand for its products. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Electric vehicle stocks come unplugged," 2 Nov. 2020 Gravel quarries could take steps to better control and monitor dust emissions, but operators opt not to, and no agencies are requiring such measures, says Kylara Papenfuss, a field adviser for a fruit-growing cooperative. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Can gravel mining and world-class cherry orchards coexist in Utah?," 4 Oct. 2020 Three years ago, nearby Rosholt, S.D., was looking for a partner for a cooperative of its own, reached out to Fairmount/Campbell-Tintah. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, "Not all Minnesota high school football players are sitting out the fall season," 2 Sep. 2020 Mark McKinney, who heads an electric cooperative that has provided power to its members in rural Indiana since the 1930s, said his co-op began offering internet service to keep the community from hollowing out. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "In Chicago, 90% of voters agreed the internet should be a public utility," 4 Nov. 2020 There’s no reason to expect the likes of Uber and Lyft to ever convert to a worker cooperative. Juliet B. Schor, The Conversation, "Gig worker employment fights like those in California pit flexibility against a livable wage – but ‘platform cooperatives’ could ensure workers get both," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Cooperative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cooperative. Accessed 26 Nov. 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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