co·​op·​er·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce cooperation (audio) \

Definition of cooperation

1 : the actions of someone who is being helpful by doing what is wanted or asked for : common effort We are asking for your full cooperation.
2 : association of persons for common benefit established trade and economic cooperations

Other Words from cooperation

cooperationist \ (ˌ)kō-​ˌä-​pə-​ˈrā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce cooperation (audio) \ noun

Examples of cooperation in a Sentence

The report cited a lack of cooperation between state and local officials. Thank you for your cooperation. We are asking for your full cooperation.
Recent Examples on the Web New York limits cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, partly by prohibiting police officers from participating in joint enforcement or by letting immigration agents work in city jails. Elliot Spagat, ajc, 19 Sep. 2022 Charles, 73, and Biden, 79, discussed global cooperation on the climate crisis last year while both attended a summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Aamer Madhani,, 17 Sep. 2022 But when gossip is dishonest—i.e., the gossiper lies—at sufficiently high levels, the system breaks down and that vital social cooperation can't evolve. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 Shi Bing, chairman of Baowu Resources, a unit of the Chinese group, said the new venture could lead to greater cooperation in the future. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Observers say a closer Russia-Iran alliance would help both states mitigate the impact of Western sanctions by opening new markets for their products and boosting military cooperation. Iulia Lupse, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2022 Sharing food from the same serving plate (family-style) increased cooperation among both friends and strangers, according to a study by Kaitlin Woolley and Ayelet Fishbach. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 Mississippi Today's comprehensive report also unearthed text messages from Bryant that showed further cooperation with Favre. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2022 In the decades since, a lot of effort has gone into moving past the uncomfortable history through aid, development finance, and organs of the Commonwealth of Nations to create a cordial future ostensibly based on cooperation not control. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cooperation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cooperation

see cooperate

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“Cooperation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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co·​op·​er·​a·​tion | \ kō-ˌä-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce cooperation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cooperation

: the act or process of working together to get something done

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