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

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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.


  1. cooperative

    A cooperative is a type of organization or business that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share in the profits or benefits. It operates on principles of democracy, voluntary participation, and equal voting rights, regardless of the amount of capital each member has contributed. A cooperative can exist in various sectors like agriculture, retail, healthcare, etc. Its primary objective is to meet the economic, social and cultural needs of its members rather than to earn profits.

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. Heino Klinck:

    If you look at Secretary Blinken's recent speech, obviously, the administration is looking where possible for opportunities to cooperate [with China], i think even if anopportunity for some sort of cooperative arms control agreement isunrealistic ... it should be part of standard American talking points when engaging with the Chinese.

  2. John Kirby:

    There's 70,000 Americans living in Saudi Arabia right now, not to mention all the other troops we have throughout the region, so, it's not only in our interest that missile defense in the region become more integrated and cooperative. It's in the interest of our allies and partners in that part of the world as well.

  3. John Kerry:

    We have to join together in calling for an immediate end to violence. We must stress the importance of avoiding provocative actions and rhetoric, and we must work cooperatively. It's the only way to go forward, is to work cooperative to restore calm.

  4. Yang Yujun:

    Over the past few years both countries' friendly cooperative relationship has kept on developing, and in all areas there is practical cooperation, what needs to be explained is, maintaining regional peace and stability accords with all countries' interests, and is the joint desire of China, Djibouti and all other countries in the world.

  5. Brian Premo:

    It was my client's understanding that the district attorney's office was going to lead a thorough, apolitical investigation into the matter and then discuss the issues with my client and then my client would give her informed consent, it was our understanding that the sheriff was in agreement with that process, so she was just surprised by how it came about and what had occurred, but, again, she has been -- always will be -- a cooperative victim and she just wants justice.

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