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Meaning of “cooperative” in the English Dictionary

"cooperative" in British English

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cooperativeadjective

(UK also co-operative) uk   /kəʊˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/  us   /koʊˈɑː.pɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/

cooperativenoun [C]

(UK also co-operative, abbreviation co-op, uk   /ˈkəʊɒp/  us   /ˈkoʊɑː.p/ ) uk   /kəʊˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/  us   /koʊˈɑː.pɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/
a ​company that is ​owned and ​managed by the ​people who ​work in it: The ​magazine is ​run as a cooperative.
(Definition of cooperative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cooperative" in American English

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cooperativenoun [C]

 us   /koʊˈɑp·ər·ə·t̬ɪv/ (short form co-op)
a ​companyowned and ​managed by the ​people who ​work in it: a farmers’ cooperative A cooperative is also an ​apartmentbuilding in which ​ownership is ​shared by all the ​peopleliving in it.

cooperativeadjective

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

"cooperative" in Business English

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cooperativenoun [C]

( UK also co-operative) uk   us   /kəʊˈɒpərətɪv/ (also co-op, UK also co-operative society) WORKPLACE, ECONOMICS

cooperativeadjective [before noun]

( UK also co-operative) uk   us   /kəʊˈɒpərətɪv/ WORKPLACE, ECONOMICS
a cooperative ​organization or ​company is ​owned and ​controlled by a ​group of ​members who each have a ​share in it, for ​example its ​employees or ​customers: cooperative ​businesses/​ventures
(Definition of cooperative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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