Definition of cooperate in English:

cooperate

(also co-operate)

verb

[no object]
  • 1Work jointly towards the same end.

    ‘the leaders promised to cooperate in ending the civil war’
    ‘staff need to cooperate with each other’
    • ‘Participants will interact in teams to learn to co-operate with each other.’
    • ‘It consists of billions of Argentine ants living in millions of nests that cooperate with each other.’
    • ‘Companies should cooperate in creating an environment where human rights are understood and respected.’
    • ‘But what is most important is that everyone should cooperate in using water much less.’
    • ‘It was imperative that the community pulled together and co-operated in the future development of the area.’
    • ‘The rules of the game are such that if both cooperate with each other, they both get a reward.’
    • ‘He said residents had gone to a lot of trouble to improve the area and had all co-operated and worked together to keep the estate, and area, neat and tidy.’
    • ‘Lionesses cooperate in teaching the cubs how to go about the art of hunting.’
    • ‘At that point the players are again in a good mood and cooperate with each other until the next mistake happens.’
    • ‘All the signs are today that one of the basic problems preventing people co-operating together for the common good is the breakdown of neighbourly society.’
    • ‘The most important way in which the present system makes people cooperate with each other is when it drives them to fight back against it.’
    • ‘Jones said the two police forces have always co-operated, but have fine-tuned their collaboration in recent months.’
    • ‘There was also a lot of vague talk about cooperating more with allies and avoiding international isolation.’
    • ‘Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate in the publicity of their respective national events.’
    • ‘The idea is to cooperate in purchasing or importing raw materials, which could reduce their costs.’
    • ‘People with diverse resources and plans can cooperate in ways that leave them all better off.’
    • ‘We have said that we will cooperate in these three areas of logistic support and use of airspace.’
    • ‘It is important for us to cooperate with each other and make an effort to take a bold leap.’
    • ‘All of us should cooperate in maintaining law and order and in promoting peace and brotherliness.’
    • ‘This can only be achieved if we work together, co-operate and love each other.’
    unite, join up, join together, team up, join forces, pool resources, club together, get together, come together, gather
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    1. 1.1 Assist someone or comply with their requests.
      ‘his captor threatened to kill him if he didn't cooperate’
      • ‘The man was cooperating with detectives and was expected to appear in court on Wednesday.’
      • ‘But he is reportedly cooperating with authorities, and has not officially been charged with any crime in connection with the case.’
      • ‘Then came the actions of our esteemed spy agency, that sees fit to harass people into cooperating with it.’
      • ‘The company has said it is cooperating with authorities.’
      • ‘She did not reply in words, but her eyes told David that she was not going to cooperate in any way if he kept asking her like that.’
      • ‘One is that the police have said that he is fully cooperating with them, and the police have also said he's not a suspect.’
      • ‘We were cooperating with his lawyers but we weren't actually in that case.’
      • ‘It isn't the public's business so long as he's cooperating with the media.’
      • ‘The district attorney said the boy in the latest case is cooperating with investigators and has no plans to sue.’
      • ‘The boxer may have been killed by gangsters because he was cooperating with a police investigation into a murder.’
      • ‘I have instructed every member of my staff to fully cooperate in this investigation.’
      • ‘But he recently quit cooperating with them and they asked for a longer sentence.’
      • ‘Do you know whether or not he is at this point cooperating with his interrogators?’
      • ‘One of the baggage handlers involved began cooperating with customs and drug agents.’
      • ‘The bank is fully cooperating with the investigation, he said.’
      • ‘They're cooperating with police; they've gone in and they've done the right thing.’
      • ‘But cooperating with the tribunal has been a key demand of European and U.S. aid donors.’
      • ‘They say they are cooperating with authorities until this situation can be assessed.’
      • ‘Sometimes, the guests were secretly filmed and reportedly blackmailed into cooperating with him.’
      • ‘Jefferson has not commented on that matter, except to say he is cooperating with the investigation.’
      collaborate, work together, work side by side, act together, act jointly, pull together, band together, come together, get together, join forces, team up, unite, combine, merge, amalgamate, pool resources, club together, make common cause, form an alliance
      be of assistance, assist, help, lend a hand, be of service, give one's support, give one's backing, contribute, chip in, do one's bit, throw in one's lot
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Origin

Late 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin cooperat- ‘worked together’, from the verb cooperari, from co- ‘together’ + operari ‘to work’.

Pronunciation

cooperate

/kəʊˈɒpəreɪt/