What does Cooperative mean?

Definitions for Cooperative
koʊˈɒp ər ə tɪv, -ˈɒp rə tɪv, -ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪvco·op·er·a·tive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Cooperative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cooperative, co-opnoun

    a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners

  2. cooperativeadjective

    an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it

  3. concerted, conjunct, conjunctive, cooperativeadjective

    involving the joint activity of two or more

    "concerted action"; "the conjunct influence of fire and strong wind"; "the conjunctive focus of political opposition"; "a cooperative effort"; "a united effort"; "joint military activities"

  4. cooperativeadjective

    done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit

    "a cooperative effort"

  5. accommodative, cooperativeadjective

    willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement


  1. cooperativenoun

    A type of company that is owned partially or wholly by its employees, customers or tenants. Abbreviation: co-op.

  2. cooperativeadjective

    Ready to work with another person or in a team; ready to cooperate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cooperativeadjective

    Promoting the same end jointly.

    Etymology: from cooperate.


  1. Cooperative

    A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise". Cooperatives are democratically controlled by their members, with each member having one vote in electing the board of directors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cooperativeadjective

    operating jointly to the same end


  1. Cooperative

    A cooperative, co-operative, or coöperative is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual, social, economic, and cultural benefit. Cooperatives include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are owned and managed by the people who use its services or by the people who work there or by the people who live there, hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or credit unions, multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs, and second and third tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives. In the United States, the National Cooperative Business Association serves as the sector's national membership association. It is dedicated to ensuring that cooperative businesses have the same opportunities as other businesses operating the country and that consumers have access to cooperatives in the marketplace.

Editors Contribution

  1. cooperative

    A group of united people who work together with a perfect, accurate, simple and specific budget, goals, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategies, structures, systems, treaties, vision, equal pay, sense of solidarity and cohesion.

    The dairy cooperative is created to ensure everyone works together and all are given equal pay and other profit earned is given to their chosen sustainable development goals for the shared prosperity of the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

  2. cooperative

    To work with other people for a shared prosperity, cause or purpose with a passion.

    The local cooperative was managed by a lively and enthusiastic group of people.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cooperative in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cooperative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Cooperative in a Sentence

  1. Robert Hannigan:

    The best you can do with end-to-end encryption is work with companies in a cooperative way to find ways around it frankly.

  2. Jeff Flake:

    I doubt we ’ll be there the whole time, typically when people smell jet fumes, they find a way to be a little more cooperative.

  3. Alex Azar:

    We've made it very clear that when GSA makes a determination, we will ensure complete, cooperative professional transitions and planning, we follow the guidance. We're about getting vaccines and therapeutics invented and get the clinical trial data and saving lives here. That's where our focus is as we go forward with our efforts.

  4. Commissioner Manfred:

    My view is the first two days have gone very well, we've had no ejections, players, in general, have been extremely cooperative, the inspections have taken place quickly and between innings.

  5. Karen Dunn:

    Huma Abedin is widely known as one of the hardest working and most dedicated public servants over the nearly two decades she served. The IG's report is fundamentally flawed, including contradicting its own conclusion by proving that Huma worked hard even while on maternity leave, no hardworking, dedicated public servant should be subjected to irresponsible allegations based on a fundamentally flawed report and the State Department has undertaken a review of the report. Huma has been nothing but cooperative in helping the Department work through its record keeping issues, and she will continue to do so in the hope the right thing is done.

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  • تعاونيArabic
  • кооперати́в, съвме́стен, кооперати́вен, коопера́цияBulgarian
  • cooperativa, cooperatiuCatalan, Valencian
  • družstvoCzech
  • Genossenschaft, kooperativGerman
  • συνεταιρισμός, συνεταιριστικός, συνεργάσιμοςGreek
  • kooperativoEsperanto
  • cooperativa, cooperativoSpanish
  • yhteistoiminnallinen, osuuskunta, yhteistyökykyinen, yhteistyöhaluinenFinnish
  • coopérativeFrench
  • co-obbraghManx
  • שתופיHebrew
  • सहयोगीHindi
  • կոոպերատիվArmenian
  • cooperativo, cooperativaItalian
  • cooperātivusLatin
  • samenwerkendDutch
  • samarbeidsvilligNorwegian
  • кооперати́вный, совме́стный, [[гото́вый]] к [[сотрудничество, кооперати́в, това́рищество, объединённыйRussian
  • kooperativaSerbo-Croatian
  • samarbetsvillig, kooperativSwedish

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