Definition of cooperative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also co-operative) adjective
    BrE BrE//kəʊˈɒpərətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊˈɑːpərətɪv//
    Running a business
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  1. 1[usually before noun] involving doing something together or working together with others towards a shared aim Cooperative activity is essential to effective community work. The documentary was a cooperative effort by film-makers from five countries. This is a cooperative venture with the University of Copenhagen.
  2. 2helpful by doing what you are asked to do Employees will generally be more cooperative if their views 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. See related entries: Running a business
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin cooperativus, from Latin cooperat- ‘worked together’, from the verb cooperari, from co- ‘together’ + operari ‘to work’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cooperative