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).
- co·op·er·a·tive·ly, co-op·er·a·tive·ly [koh-op-er-uh-tiv-lee, -op-ruh-tiv-, -op-uh-rey-tiv-], /koʊˈɒp ər ə tɪv li, -ˈɒp rə tɪv-, -ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv-/, adverb
- co·op·er·a·tive·ness, co-op·er·a·tive·ness, noun
- un·co·op·er·a·tive, adjective
- un·co·op·er·a·tive·ly, adverb
- un·co·op·er·a·tive·ness, noun
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How to use cooperative in a sentence
The figures include only public school districts and regional special education cooperatives, not private schools.New Data Shows the Use of Seclusion and Restraint Increased in Illinois Schools During the 2017–18 School Year | by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica | November 17, 2020 | ProPublica
Land O’ Lakes is a cooperative owned by farmers and others in the agriculture industry, putting Ford in close touch with the needs of rural communities.Land O’ Lakes CEO calls for big federal spending on rural broadband | dzanemorris | October 26, 2020 | Fortune
Other examples may include a condominium, where the roof, basement, and some of the major systems are the responsibility of management, and a cooperative, which often requires an inspection by the building manager.
The farmers sell their beans to local cooperatives, or often to traders who pass by on motorbikes, buy their product and then resell them up the chain.Big Chocolate’s child-labor problem is still far from fixed | Vivienne Walt | October 19, 2020 | Fortune
Australia does not have a formal free trade agreement with the EU, but it does have a slew of cooperative agreements — which the UK wouldn’t have if it left on January 1 without a deal.The EU and the UK still haven’t reached a post-Brexit agreement. What’s next? | Jen Kirby | October 16, 2020 | Vox
A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator.This Is Obama’s U.N. Plan to Choke Off ISIS’s Recruits | Kimberly Dozier | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He bragged in the same interview that he had once knocked out an uncooperative horse with a single punch.‘Hurricane’ Carter Was Wrongly Convicted, But He Wasn’t Innocent | Michael Moynihan | April 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But as an uncooperative member of an uncooperative minority, he has little ability to move legislation.Google Hosts Fundraiser for Climate-Change-Denying Sen. James Inhofe | William O’Connor | July 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gongaware had past dealings with Jackson, though, and he had a plan to handle their uncooperative star.Inside the Latest Michael Jackson Trial—the One With $40 Billion on the Line | Diane Dimond | April 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Airport officials chased four-year-old girl after calling an uncooperative suspect.
Because it is almost unknown country: there are indications that the heathen who occupy it are uncooperative.
They were exceedingly uncooperative at first, and Ross was glad he had tried to move only from his bunk to a waiting chair.The Time Traders | Andre Norton
He had his mind set on a certain young lady who lived there, but up to this time she had been uncooperative.The Stronghold | Miriam Haynie
His friends told him that his uncooperative attitude was bound to get him into trouble.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
Unless their conduct is considered intolerably uncooperative, they are not denied the ordinary prison privileges.Area Handbook for Romania | Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for cooperative
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 occupied: Sometimes shortened to: coop Compare condominium (def. 3)
- cooperatively or co-operatively, adverb
- cooperativeness or co-operativeness, noun
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