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English definition of “cooperative”

cooperative

noun [C]  /koʊˈɑp·ər·ə·t̬ɪv/ (short form co-op) us  
a company owned and managed by the people who work in it: a farmers’ cooperative A cooperative is also an apartment building in which ownership is shared by all the people living in it.

cooperative

adjective  /koʊˈɑp·ə·rət̬·ɪv/ us  
[not gradable] formed and managed by the people who work in it, or made up of several similar companies or organizations working together: farm cooperative organizations a cooperative day care center
showing a willingness to act or work together for a shared purpose: It was a cooperative effort.
cooperatively
adverb /koʊˈɑp·ər·ə·t̬ɪv·li/
(Definition of cooperative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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