Meaning of “cooperate” in the English Dictionary

"cooperate" in British English

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cooperateverb [ I ]

UK also co-operate uk /kəʊˈɒp.ər.eɪt/ us /koʊˈɑː.pə.reɪt/

B2 to act or work together for a particular purpose, or to be helpful by doing what someone asks you to do:

A two-year old is likely to refuse to cooperate when you tell her to get dressed.
The two companies have cooperated in joint ventures for the past several years.
The Spanish authorities cooperated with the British police in finding the terrorists.

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  • Governments must cooperate if they are to combat international terrorism.
  • Their refusal to cooperate is perfectly understandable, considering the circumstances.
  • Local residents refused to cooperate with the police.
  • If you all cooperate, we can have this place tidy in no time.
  • Jill refused to cooperate with the enquiry.

(Definition of “cooperate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cooperate" in American English

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cooperateverb [ I ]

us /koʊˈɑp·əˌreɪt/

to act or work together for a shared purpose, or to help willingly when asked:

The company promised to cooperate fully with the law-enforcement authorities.
He refused to cooperate.
cooperation
noun [ U ] us /koʊˌɑp·əˈreɪ·ʃən/

Without the cooperation of local residents, this movie could not have been made.

(Definition of “cooperate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cooperate" in Business English

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cooperateverb [ I ]

UK also co-operate uk /kəʊˈɒpəreɪt/ us

to agree to work with another company, organization, or country in order to achieve something:

Large corporations have a duty to cooperate in order to protect the environment.
cooperate (with sb) on/in sth We are cooperating with another company on this joint venture.
cooperate in doing sth/ to do sth They have agreed to cooperate in distributing products and providing support services.

to be helpful by doing what someone asks you to do:

cooperate with sb A spokesman said the company would cooperate fully with the regulatory authorities.

(Definition of “cooperate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)