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.

Definitions of cooperative
  1. adjective
    involving the joint activity of two or more
    “a cooperative effort”
    synonyms: concerted, conjunct, conjunctive
    united or combined
  2. adjective
    done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit
    “a cooperative effort”
    accomplished by collaboration
    synergetic, synergistic
    working together; used especially of groups, as subsidiaries of a corporation, cooperating for an enhanced effect
    providing assistance or serving a useful function
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    unwilling to cooperate
    providing no assistance
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
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  3. adjective
    willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement
    synonyms: accommodative
    not involving competition or competitiveness
  4. noun
    an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it
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    type of:
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  5. noun
    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
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    type of:
    commercial enterprise
    an enterprise connected with commerce
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