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 law? 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 can often result in better results.

Primary Meanings of collective

1.
adjn
done by or characteristic of individuals acting together
members of a cooperative enterprise
2.
adj
forming a whole or aggregate
Full Definitions of collective
1

adj done by or characteristic of individuals acting together

“the collective mind”
Synonyms:
corporate
joint
united or combined

adj 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

n members of a cooperative enterprise

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
2

adj 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
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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