American English

Definition of cooperative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] involving doing something together or working together with others toward a shared aim Cooperative activity is essential to effective community work.
  2. 2helpful by doing what you are asked to do Employees will usually be more cooperative if their opinions are taken seriously. opposite uncooperative
  3. 3[usually before noun] (business) owned and run by the people involved, with the profits shared by them a cooperative farm The cooperative movement started in Britain in the 19th century.
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cooperative