Share this entry
American English: /kəˈlɛktɪv/
British English: /kəˈlɛktɪv/

Translation of collective in Spanish:

adjective usually before noun

  • 1 (shared)
    it was a collective decision
    fue una decisión tomada en conjunto
    Example sentences
    • Melville said: ‘The players are very honest and they share collective responsibility and no one is going to fall out over this.’
    • They meet once a week, and every two months elect a coordinator from among themselves to share collective responsibilities with the managing trustee.
    • The idea is to give fans the chance to pool their collective resources to acquire shares and gain a voice at board level.
  • 2 (aggregated)
    our collective offspring total 8
    entre los dos tenemos 8 hijos
    tenemos 8 hijos en total
    the three companies own a collective 26% of the shares
    entre las tres compañías poseen un 26% de las acciones
    Example sentences
    • Not only because they make up the absolute majority in most modern countries, but also because of the indispensable role of workers in the economic system, and the collective power that accrues to the working class.
    • Individuals are expected to act on behalf of the collective whole, and the corporate body is expected to act in the normative interests of its members.
    • But it's not one fact, but the facts taken together as a collective whole that raise a question.


  • 1 (Economics)
    Example sentences
    • And there will be an expensive and politically complicated process of consolidating numerous small collectives into productive big enterprises.
    • These are only a handful of examples with many more similar instances in co-ops, collectives and worker owned enterprises, around the world.
    • Factors such as a lack of trust and low community cohesion, limited access to public goods, and the existence of social collectives such as religious groups have been common characteristics of these contexts.
    Example sentences
    • These bigger farms would be called collectives.
    • Tito nationalized many of Yugoslavia's farms into collectives.
    • Will they choose to work for 30 pesos a day in factories that take the place of hillside farms and remote collectives?
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.