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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a collaborative/cooperative effortformal (= with different people or groups working together)
▪ This was a collaborative effort involving the three largest energy companies.
▪ For the present, what is needed most is more cooperative work, and less competitive philosophising.
▪ In announcing the victims fund, the banks expressed the hope that it would promote a more cooperative spirit in the negotiations.
▪ Most horses will stand better for the farrier, and be more cooperative, if they are reassured and rewarded.
▪ Employee Involvement is regarded as a long-term attempt to create a more cooperative relationship with employees.
▪ The so-called Mond-Turner talks, leading to little in themselves, but symbolizing a more cooperative approach, became possible.
▪ The body is very cooperative in becoming more supple quite quickly if we practise stretching postures regularly.
▪ It was a cooperative effort between the two.
▪ He did not need to say that he envisioned this as a cooperative effort.
▪ We shall only succeed in dealing with the problems through a vast international cooperative effort.
▪ Yet work organizations depend on shared power in win-win cooperative effort.
▪ For this reason, trade unions might be active in cooperative efforts with management to achieve growth through greater efficiency.
▪ Activities of the local cooperative movement were facilitated by a strong trading position.
▪ Cooperation enters politics By the end of the nineteenth century an important cooperative movement was established in West Ham.
▪ Friendly societies and the cooperative movement testified to the accommodation.
▪ Founded in 1883, its relationship to the cooperative movement was from the start problematic.
▪ However committed the cooperative movement was to political involvement, there remained a powerful independence, and this proved decisive.
▪ Cramlington is an example of an almost entirely cooperative relationship.
▪ Only a handful seemed to appreciate the advantages in actively building trust, credibility, and cooperative relationships with peers.
▪ One way concerns cooperative relationships between genes within species.
▪ They would exacerbate the problems of unbalanced power that threaten any cooperative relationship.
▪ Employee Involvement is regarded as a long-term attempt to create a more cooperative relationship with employees.
▪ Fig trees and fig wasps share an intimate cooperative relationship.
▪ Marriage teeters on the line between a cooperative venture and a form of mutual exploitation-ask any divorce lawyer.
▪ A cooperative waiter helped us to order from the huge menu.
▪ Car companies have started several cooperative ventures.
▪ Some of the students are highly cooperative and attentive, but unfortunately, most aren't.
▪ The suspect has been cooperative with investigators, but he shows little remorse.
▪ Braitman and Ehrenzweig like having it where they live, and feel its cooperative, relaxed ambience is very San Francisco.
▪ Directors also strive to foster a cooperative spirit and friendly attitude among employees and a compassionate demeanor toward the families.
▪ Grice suggests that the maxims are in fact not arbitrary conventions, but rather describe rational means for conducting cooperative exchanges.
▪ Many heritage establishments will be cooperative provided the matter is discussed in advance.
▪ Needless to say, the band was run on cooperative lines with no one in particular leading.
▪ The Board had considered McFarlane to be a cooperative and credible witness.
▪ The nature of the task requires cooperative activity of a high order at various levels and between a wide range of people.
▪ The Queretaro cooperative project, I believe, was no exception.
▪ a potato farm cooperative in Pennsylvania
▪ A pilot cooperative is working on fulfilling the preconditions for certification, such as the development of a management plan.
▪ As a cooperative we were very poor.
▪ But it reopened after a state judge ruled this month that the cooperative could do business under the tenets of Proposition 215.
▪ His buying cooperative dropped Shaw after the company announced it would get into the retail market.
▪ I also visited a cooperative of peasant farmers who grow sesame seed.
▪ The agro-industry maquila cooperative project was one attempt to provide rural industrial work for women.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cooperative \Co*["o]p"er*a*tive\, a. Operating jointly to the same end.

Co["o]perative society, a society established on the principle of a joint-stock association, for the production of commodities, or their purchase and distribution for consumption, or for the borrowing and lending of capital among its members.

Co["o]perative store, a store established by a co["o]perative society, where the members make their purchases and share in the profits or losses.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also co-operative, c.1600, from Late Latin cooperat-, past participle stem of cooperari (see cooperation) + -ive. Political economy sense is from 1808, from the pre-Marx communist movement. The noun meaning "a cooperative store" is from 1883; meaning "a cooperative society" is from 1921.


a. 1 Ready to work with another person or in a team; ready to cooperate. 2 Relating to a cooperative or cooperatives alt. 1 Ready to work with another person or in a team; ready to cooperate. 2 Relating to a cooperative or cooperatives n. A type of company that is owned partially or wholly by its employees, customers or tenants. Abbreviation: co-op.

  1. adj. involving the joint activity of two or more; "the attack was met by the combined strength of two divisions"; "concerted action"; "the conjunct influence of fire and strong dring"; "the conjunctive focus of political opposition"; "a cooperative effort"; "a united effort"; "joint military activities" [syn: combined, concerted, conjunct, conjunctive, united]

  2. done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit; "a cooperative effort" [ant: uncooperative]

  3. willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement [syn: accommodative]

  1. n. a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners [syn: co-op]

  2. an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it


A co-operative (also known as co-op, cooperative or coop) is an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business. Cooperatives include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are owned and managed by the people who use their services (a consumer cooperative); by the people who work there (a worker cooperative); by the people who live there (a housing cooperative); hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or credit unions; multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs; and second and third tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives. It was estimated that in 2012 approximately one billion people were members of at least one cooperative and that the turnover of the largest three hundred cooperatives in the world reached $2.2 trillion – which, if they were to be a country, it would make them the seventh largest.

In short, a coop can be defined as "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." Cooperative businesses are typically more economically resilient than many other forms of enterprise, with twice the number of co-operatives (80%) surviving their first five years compared with other business ownership models (41%). Cooperatives frequently have social goals which they aim to accomplish by investing a proportion of trading profits back into their communities. As an example of this, in 2013, retail co-operatives in the UK invested 6.9% of their pre-tax profits in the communities in which they trade as compared with 2.4% for other rival supermarkets.

The International Co-operative Alliance was the first international association formed by the cooperative movement. It includes the World Council of Credit Unions. A second organization was formed later in Germany, the International Raiffeisen Union. In the United States, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) serves as the sector's oldest national membership association. It is dedicated to ensuring that cooperative businesses have the same opportunities as other businesses operating in the country and that consumers have access to cooperatives in the marketplace. A U.S. National Cooperative Bank was formed in the 1970s. By 2004, a new association focused on worker co-ops was founded, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Since 2002 cooperatives and credit unions could be distinguished on the Internet by use of a .coop domain. Since 2014, following International Cooperative Alliance's introduction of the Cooperative Marque, ICA cooperatives and WOCCU credit unions can also be identified by a coop ethical consumerism label.

Usage examples of "cooperative".

Taliban movement, espousing a ruthless version of Islamic law, perhaps could bring order in chaotic Afghanistan and make it a cooperative ally.

I have a few ideas, but it depends on how much he knows and how cooperative I can get him to be.

He found Dayuma cooperative, although he was very careful not to divulge to her the reason for his desire to be taught some simple Auca phrases.

Three colleagues, three highly respected and competent and wonderfully cooperative geriatricians, are taking my calls.

The Meadows family has always been totally cooperative with the media.

It was a distraction that might render Lady Niu less cooperative, and himself more likely to make a misstep.

One may imagine that life may exist from the beginning as a cooperative whole, directly interconnected at a distance by Bell-type nonlocal interactions, following which modifications through the course of evolution cause organisms to be interconnected directly with each other.

He seemed to relax and grow cooperative for a moment--right before thrashing out with his right foot and kicking the leg-clutching goblin across the floor.

Fortieth has tried to seize all of them, or do you think he arranged a cooperative steal with the rulers of other planets, and an arrangement for them all to help protect each other?

State where cotton gins are held to be public utilities and their rates regulated, the granting of a license to a cooperative association distributing profits ratably to members and nonmembers does not deny other persons operating gins equal protection when there is nothing in the laws to forbid them to distribute their net earnings among their patrons.

The cooperative cobbles shoes, ships exotic fruit, makes custom-designed slates, prints books and pamphlets, launders clothes and cuts hair, codes and maintains hundreds of web sites, runs a touring theatrical company.

Maintaining a large rookery in their new homeland became quickly impossible as the sheer size of the Struth suggested a brighter future in small cooperative groups that would put far less stress on the food supply.

But the Saudis were rich and cooperative, and unlike the Persian Iranians, they were Arabs whom the United States hoped could prevail upon their Arab brothers.

Starr, but it must be admitted that since certain bunglings of CIA-trained men led to the downfall of a most friendly and cooperative President, our confidence in that organization has not been without limits.

Since not all databases and host computers are cooperative with these methods, offensive information warfare tools will be required to obtain specific pieces of information that are vital for national security purposes.