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[noun, adverb koh-op; verb koh-op, koh-op]
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  1. a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.
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verb (used with object), co-oped or co-opped, co-op·ing or co-op·ping.
  1. to place in a cooperative arrangement, especially to convert (an apartment or building) to a cooperative.
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  1. (of a game, especially a video game) cooperative, requiring players to work together to achieve a common objective:co-op play modes;co-op multiplayer games.
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  1. go co-op, to convert to a cooperative: Our apartment building is going co-op.
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Origin of co-op

First recorded in 1860–65; shortened form
Related formsco-op·er, noun
Can be confusedco-op coop co-opt coupe


or co-op

  1. cooperative.
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Related Words

apartment, dwelling, palace, house, headquarters, mansion, home, hall, condo, shed, sanctuary, hut, shack, safety, lodging, asylum, haven, refuge, tent, tenement

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  • Then, when the lad was thirteen, she got him a job in the "Co-op."

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • Then, when the lad was thirteen, she got him a job in the "Co-op" office.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • I'm afraid Greencastle is too small to do much with the co-op.

    The Red Conspiracy

    Joseph J. Mereto

  • I could never remember an election in Port Sandor, or an election of officers in the Co-op.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Everybody who wasn't already in the Co-op hurried up and joined.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for co-op



abbreviation for
  1. cooperative
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Word Origin and History for co-op


1861, abbreviation of cooperative. The hyphen is needed to avoid confusion with coop (n.).

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