Meaning of COOPERATIVE in English


( BrE also co-operative ) / kəʊˈɒpərətɪv; NAmE koʊˈɑːp-/ adjective , noun

■ adjective


[ usually before noun ] involving doing sth together or working together with others towards a shared aim :

Cooperative activity is essential to effective community work.


helpful by doing what you are asked to do :

Employees will generally be more cooperative if their views are taken seriously.

OPP uncooperative


[ usually before noun ] ( business ) owned and run by the people involved, with the profits shared by them :

a cooperative farm

►  co·opera·tive·ly ( BrE also co-operatively ) adverb

■ noun

a cooperative business or other organization :

agricultural cooperatives in India

The factory is now a workers' cooperative.



early 17th cent.: from late Latin cooperativus , from Latin cooperat- worked together, from the verb cooperari , from co- together + operari to work..

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