- The definition of collective is a group of people working together toward a common goal or in an organization.
An example of collective used as an adjective is a collective art project, a group of artists working together on a mural.
collective definition by Webster's New World
- formed by collecting; gathered into a whole
- of, as, or characteristic of a group; of or by all or many of the individuals in a group acting together: the collective effort of the students
- designating or of any enterprise in which people work together as a group, esp. under a system of collectivism: a collective farm
- designating a noun which is singular in form but denotes a collection of individuals (e.g., army, orchestra, crowd): it is treated as singular when the collection is thought of as a whole and as plural when the individual members are thought of as acting separately
- designating a prefix which denotes a collecting or a collection
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French collectif ; from Classical Latin collectivus
- any collective enterprise; specif., a collective farm
- the people working in such an enterprise
- Gram. a collective noun
- collectively adverb
collective definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Assembled into or viewed as a whole.
- Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision.
- An undertaking, such as a business operation, set up on the principles or system of collectivism.
- Grammar A collective noun.
- col·lecˈtive·ly adverb
- col·lecˈtive·ness noun