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

The lineaments of a more equitable, sustainable, and cooperative world sketched out by advocates of a Green New Deal have given way, in stunningly short order, to a race to a new global bottom, equal parts Thomas Hobbes and Mad Max. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 The management at 24e, however, was very cooperative with the detective handling this case. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Vestavia Hills man charged with secretly recording women in the changing room at a Hoover gym," 8 July 2019 Nick was very cooperative at this point in the investigation. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 California has worked out cooperative agreements with other states in the past on other issues. Los Angeles Times, "Hundreds of guns come into California from Nevada. Lawmakers want to stop it," 21 Aug. 2019 According to The Washington Post, authorities say Crusius has been cooperative and has answered their questions. Dallas News, "'I'm the shooter': Allen man admits Mexicans were the target in El Paso massacre," 9 Aug. 2019 The county’s district attorney has said that Skoda has been cooperative. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pleads guilty to starting 2018 northern California fire," 2 Aug. 2019 Republicans said Hicks was cooperative and the interview was a waste of time, especially in light of Mueller’s two-year investigation. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Hope Hicks Interview Transcript Released: Read It Here," 20 June 2019 These negotiations are more of a cooperative venture. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "A week after agreement, J.D. Martinez, Red Sox make it official: 'It’s been a long process'," 26 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The program is sustained as a not-for-profit cooperative of winemakers who have been recognized in Slow Food’s Slow Wine guide. Simran Sethi, Washington Post, "Banca del Vino celebrates Italian winemaking by honoring time and place," 13 Sep. 2019 Visit a women’s cooperative and explore the souks, or markets, of this ancient walled town. National Geographic, "Morocco Community Service: Cultural Preservation," 10 Sep. 2019 Where to Shop Made in Cambodia Market This charming market only allows vendors to sell items that have been produced in Cambodia, and most of the products are made by local cooperatives that train women and provide them with job opportunities. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Angkor Wat Beyond the Temples," 10 Sep. 2019 As scientists began to appreciate the importance of microbe-plant partnerships, at least in outline, many came to see the natural world as a cooperative, even communitarian kind of place. Quanta Magazine, "Soil’s Microbial Market Shows the Ruthless Side of Forests," 27 Aug. 2019 Corrections posted January 13, 2010 The original version misstated the number of US workers supported by cooperatives. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 In Oregon, the deposit is 10 cents, and the program is run by a cooperative of beverage distributors. Los Angeles Times, "Hoping to get a nickel for that can? With California’s recycling crisis, good luck," 14 Aug. 2019 Tri-State serves 43 member cooperatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nebraska. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Tri-State Generation asks Feds to regulate its electricity rates," 24 July 2019 The Gladstone park was in many ways an ideal candidate for a cooperative. oregonlive.com, "One of Oregon’s biggest stocks of affordable housing -- the mobile home -- is in peril, despite state interventions," 13 July 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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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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