Definition of cooperative in English:


Line breaks: co|opera|tive
Pronunciation: /kəʊˈɒp(ə)rətɪv
(also co-operative)



Back to top  
  • 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
    More example sentences
    • Unions, the students' federation, housing cooperatives and neighbourhood organisations all took part.
    • In other parts of the world unions are active in promoting democratic worker cooperatives to organize workers.
    • Members look to their cooperatives for services and support in both difficult and good times.



More example sentences
  • We have to acknowledge that there are differences, but there's so much to be done to work together cooperatively.
  • By working together cooperatively, the children learn to be socially active citizens who care about their community.
  • So it is essential that governments work cooperatively together.


More example sentences
  • I am for freedom and prosperity, individual sovereignty, free trade and the cooperativeness that comes from free exchange.
  • We appreciate the hospitality and cooperativeness.
  • This network has formulated a new basis for collaboration based on ‘virtue ethics,’ a set of moral motivations that emphasize cooperativeness, friendliness, generosity, and honesty.


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

More definitions of cooperative

Definition of cooperative in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space