Definition of cooperative in English:

cooperative

(also co-operative)

adjective

  • 1Involving mutual assistance in working towards a common goal.

    ‘every member has clearly defined tasks in a cooperative enterprise’
    • ‘Increasingly, firms are changing the way they do business, away from one-off transactions which are individually negotiated, towards ongoing co-operative relationships.’
    • ‘We need a water policy, which recognises that water management must involve communities and households to become the biggest cooperative enterprise in the country.’
    • ‘I'm starting to see a trend in game design away from one-winner-take-all games and more towards cooperative games which can have multiple winners or no winners at all.’
    • ‘The conversations we are imagining are cooperative attempts to find joint solutions to common problems.’
    • ‘The earlier interest in voluntary associational schemes, such as land settlement communes and cooperative enterprises, lapsed.’
    • ‘Of course, we do have some international institutions that are making progress toward cooperative solutions.’
    • ‘The authors address this question by exploring activities that are interactive, cooperative, and collaborative.’
    • ‘In this respect, the development of co-operative regimes for the common management of international watercourses has not yet been sufficiently comprehensive or effective.’
    • ‘We live in a civil society with people working for cooperative goals.’
    • ‘Some of these relationships are competitive, predatorial, and parasitic; others are mutual, cooperative, and supportive.’
    • ‘The model here is that of a cooperative or mutual society.’
    • ‘Both countries agreed to work towards a constructive and cooperative relationship for the twenty-first century.’
    • ‘Teams that had developed collectivist rather than individualistic values were found to have cooperative goals.’
    • ‘The co-operative commonwealth itself is, they insist, for the distant future.’
    • ‘It is oriented specifically toward adoption of cooperative learning in postsecondary settings.’
    • ‘Toward this effort the United States has cooperative agreements with many other nations to intercept drug activity.’
    • ‘Such top-down control over reproduction is a common feature of cooperative animal societies.’
    • ‘Personal responsibility, used in this way, is opposed to the concept of an inter-dependent and mutually co-operative community.’
    • ‘Much more common are cooperative agreements between local TV stations and the newspapers in those communities, says Northwestern's Gordon.’
    • ‘Clearly he cannot do it alone and a remedy to this new cash crisis will only come as a joint co-operative effort by everyone concerned.’
    collaborative, collective, communal, combined, common, joint, shared, mutual, united, unified, allied, cross-party, pooled, mass, concerted, coordinated, interactive, unanimous, harmonious
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    1. 1.1 Willing to be of assistance.
      ‘they have been extremely considerate, polite, and cooperative’
      • ‘Moreover, patient care may be compromised: informed patients are likely to be more cooperative and compliant and recover more quickly.’
      • ‘Participants should act in a timely and co-operative manner to prevent, detect and respond to security incidents.’
      • ‘So they won't be very cooperative if our goal is just to get them to stop building.’
      • ‘He said most hotels were co-operative and normally helped travel agencies find other accommodation when forced to close or when under redecoration.’
      • ‘She has been co-operative and compliant with completing this Parenting Capacity Assessment.’
      • ‘The first team was very responsive and cooperative in updating data.’
      • ‘To my surprise most people were fairly co-operative, and no one even complained about the scoring system.’
      • ‘The company are appealing for your support in this matter and would like a full and co-operative response from the public at large.’
      • ‘This was in response to reports that they were not being fully cooperative.’
      • ‘They were very co-operative and helpful but their recollection was poor.’
      • ‘I feel we ought to at least appear co-operative to minimise the scrutiny about the complaints.’
      • ‘Come on folks, let us be co-operative and considerate towards others!’
      • ‘The partner institutions have been consistently cooperative and responsive.’
      • ‘Needless to say, not only are they compliant, cooperative, and suggestible, but most have already made up their minds in volunteering to help out and do exactly as they are told.’
      • ‘It develops self-motivated learners and responsible, co-operative and caring adults.’
      • ‘He is also a very co-operative and accommodating person and a joy to have around.’
      • ‘He is cooperative but still uncomfortable with the responsibility.’
      • ‘Your client did not really display any very co-operative attitude towards the police officer.’
      • ‘So there's been some evidence that they're moving toward a more cooperative position with the United States.’
      • ‘Yet since the contracts in question have already been written, a co-operative response from the developers is essential if the new approach is to succeed.’
      helpful, eager to help, eager to please, glad to be of assistance, obliging, accommodating, indulgent
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    2. 1.2 (of a farm, business, etc.) owned and run jointly by its members, with profits or benefits shared among them.
      • ‘These co-operative businesses boosted the local economy in the eighties and even led to the improvement of infrastructure in the area.’
      • ‘In India, these are cooperative farms or fishing enterprises, created by the movement.’
      • ‘According to the current legislation, neither cooperative farms nor leaseholders can use the land as a guarantee for a loan.’
      • ‘The land was once used by local Mexican farmers as public-owned cooperative farms.’
      • ‘Respondents agreed the work still remains a cooperative business.’
      • ‘My friends Max and Bill, both woodworkers, were sharing a cooperative woodworking shop on the North Side, and it had an opening.’
      • ‘He spent six months in the country working on a co-operative farm.’
      • ‘Likewise, not every situation is suited for a cooperative business structure.’
      • ‘‘The changes are a step back to the state-controlled cooperative farms,’ he said.’
      • ‘At independence, the government set up cooperative farms and made some attempt to redistribute land under a socialist model.’
      • ‘In 1889 he settled in Ireland and began preaching co-operative farming.’
      • ‘He also admitted that it would probably take two or three decades for the peasant to be convinced that cooperative agriculture would be more efficient.’
      • ‘According to the tribe, their cooperative businesses have turned a profit every year since 1986.’
      • ‘It's one of the leading states embracing the cooperative business model.’
      • ‘Eight members of our faculty carried on cooperative housekeeping.’
      • ‘Second, they are more likely to have members committed to cooperative organization than are coops founded when socialist ideology is weak.’
      • ‘There was no street trading, only large state-managed outlets for the distribution of goods from state-controlled co-operative farms and industries.’
      • ‘Farmers can give away control of their cooperative businesses, but it cannot be taken away from them.’
      • ‘This led to the creation of large, industrialized, cooperative farms.’
      • ‘These have poured in from Vietnam, where cooperative farming produces much cheaper rice.’

noun

  • A farm, business, or other organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.

    ‘we run the agency as a workers' cooperative’
    • ‘Rosemary has been an active member of women's co-operatives since leaving university, where she completed an MA in religious studies.’
    • ‘As a political force, worker cooperatives are only beginning to find their voice.’
    • ‘He has published articles on affordable housing cooperatives and the economics of education.’
    • ‘Government aid can also be fairly distributed to each member of the cooperatives.’
    • ‘The trade unions and cooperatives also had 100 reserved seats each.’
    • ‘Unions, the students' federation, housing cooperatives and neighbourhood organisations all took part.’
    • ‘All companies, from multinationals to local organic cooperatives, operate in the market and therefore have to produce a profit.’
    • ‘What must cooperatives return to members in exchange for higher levels of equity investment?’
    • ‘The plant has been a great asset to its member cooperatives and has saved them a considerable amount of money.’
    • ‘Many local grain marketing and farm supply cooperatives are not consistently profitable.’
    • ‘The share purchase obligates the cooperative to accept the unit at an established price.’
    • ‘Farm supply and sugar cooperatives ended the year with larger net losses than in 2000.’
    • ‘The real estate assets don't affect the day-to day business of the cooperatives.’
    • ‘Members look to their cooperatives for services and support in both difficult and good times.’
    • ‘In some cases, members of agricultural cooperatives were permitted to farm individually.’
    • ‘Credit unions are community savings and loan co-operatives where members can save small or large amounts or borrow from the fund.’
    • ‘In other parts of the world unions are active in promoting democratic worker cooperatives to organize workers.’
    • ‘As those markets change, so too, do the fortunes of cooperatives and members.’
    • ‘From a financial standpoint, cooperatives may need to rethink how benefits are paid.’
    • ‘Most of the decline is attributed to diversified and farm supply cooperatives.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from late Latin cooperativus, from Latin cooperat- ‘worked together’, from the verb cooperari (see cooperate).

Pronunciation

cooperative

/kəʊˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/