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/

(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 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.

cooperativeadjective

us /koʊˈɑp·ə·rət̬·ɪv/

[ 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)

"cooperative" in Business English

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cooperativenoun [ C ]

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

cooperativeadjective [ before noun ]

UK also co-operative uk /kəʊˈɒpərətɪv/ us 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)