[koh-op-er-uh-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, -op-uh-rey-tiv]
- working or acting together willingly for a common purpose or benefit.
- demonstrating a willingness to cooperate: The librarian was cooperative in helping us find the book.
- pertaining to economic cooperation: a cooperative business.
- involving or denoting an educational program comprising both classroom study and on-the-job or technical training, especially in colleges and universities.
- a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers.
- Also called co-op, cooperative apartment.
- a building owned and managed by a corporation in which shares are sold, entitling the shareholders to occupy individual units in the building.
- an apartment in such a building.Compare condominium(defs 1, 2).
Origin of cooperative
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He knows to stand absolutely still, keep his hands where the cops can see them, be cooperative, polite.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
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United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures.
Then came the cooperative societies, supplying the army with food.
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The large majority of Russian cooperative societies are rural.Rural Problems of Today
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Our company is cooperative; we paying no cash for advertising.
- willing to cooperate; helpful
- acting in conjunction with others; cooperating
- (of an enterprise, farm, etc) owned collectively and managed for joint economic benefit
- (of an economy or economic activity) based on collective ownership and cooperative use of the means of production and distribution
- a cooperative organization
- Also called: cooperative apartment US a block of flats belonging to a corporation in which shares are owned in proportion to the relative value of the flat occupiedSometimes shortened to: coop Compare condominium (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for cooperative
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