cooperative

As an adjective, cooperative describes working together agreeably for a common purpose or goal as in cooperative play or cooperative employee.

As a noun, a cooperative is a jointly-owned business or enterprise where members pool their resources to purchase, do work, and/or distribute things. You might join a food cooperative, for example, which jointly purchases a farmer's labor and then every member gets a basket of fresh fruits and vegetables each week of the growing season. In this use, the word is often shortened to co-op. You might also join a housing cooperative where you own your apartment and you and the other owners jointly care for the upkeep of the building and grounds.

Primary Meanings of cooperative

1.
adj
involving the joint activity of two or more
2.
n
an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it
Full Definitions of cooperative
1

adj involving the joint activity of two or more

“a cooperative effort”
Synonyms:
concerted, conjunct, conjunctive
joint
united or combined

adj done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit

“a cooperative effort”
Synonyms:
collaborative
accomplished by collaboration
synergetic, synergistic
working together; used especially of groups, as subsidiaries of a corporation, cooperating for an enhanced effect
helpful
providing assistance or serving a useful function
Antonyms:
uncooperative
unwilling to cooperate
unhelpful
providing no assistance
disobedient
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
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adj willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement

Synonyms:
accommodative
noncompetitive
not involving competition or competitiveness
2

n an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it

Type of:
association
a formal organization of people or groups of people

n a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners

Synonyms:
co-op
Type of:
commercial enterprise
an enterprise connected with commerce

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