collective

Collective is a word that describes a group of people acting together. A prom might turn into a smashing success through the collective efforts of the student body.

The word collective indicates a group, and is often used in opposition to the efforts or will of an individual. Your neighbor who is the only one on the block who refuses to mow her lawn? She's going against the collective. A commune is a type of collective living situation in which several families might live together and contribute for the benefit of the whole. If you work well with others, then you appreciate how collective efforts often have better results.

Definitions of collective
  1. adjective
    done by or characteristic of individuals acting together
    “the collective mind”
    synonyms: corporate
    joint
    united or combined
  2. adjective
    set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government
    collective farms”
    Synonyms:
    socialist, socialistic
    advocating or following the socialist principles
  3. noun
    members of a cooperative enterprise
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    types:
    collective farm
    a farm operated collectively
    kibbutz
    a collective farm or settlement owned by its members in modern Israel; children are reared collectively
    kolkhoz
    a collective farm owned by the communist state
    type of:
    enterprise
    an organization created for business ventures
  4. adjective
    forming a whole or aggregate
    Synonyms:
    agglomerate, agglomerated, agglomerative, clustered
    clustered together but not coherent
    aggregate, aggregated, aggregative, mass
    formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole
    collectivised, collectivized
    characterized by the principle of ownership by the state or the people of the means of production
    knockdown
    (furniture) easily assembled and dismantled
    integrative
    combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole
    joint
    united or combined
    united
    characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity
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    Antonyms:
    distributive
    serving to distribute or allot or disperse
    allocable, allocatable, apportionable
    capable of being distributed
    diffusing, diffusive, dispersive, disseminative
    spreading by diffusion
    immanent
    of qualities that are spread throughout something
    permeant, permeating, permeative, pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
    separative
    (of a word) referring singly and without exception to the members of a group
    suffusive
    spreading through
    distributed
    spread out or scattered about or divided up
    divided
    separated into parts or pieces
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