- The definition of cooperate is to work together in a positive manner for a common purpose.
An example of to cooperate is for two children to work calmly on a sculpture together.
intransitive verbcooperated, cooperating
- to act or work together with another or others for a common purpose
- to combine so as to produce an effect
- to engage in economic cooperation
Origin of cooperate; from Late Latin cooperatus, past participle of cooperari, to work together ; from Classical Latin co-, with + operari, to work ; from opus (gen. operis), work: see opus
intransitive verbco·op·er·at·ed, co·op·er·at·ing, co·op·er·ates
- To work or act together toward a common end or purpose.
- To acquiesce willingly; be compliant: asked the child to cooperate and go to bed.
- To form an association for common, usually economic, benefit: When buyers cooperate, they can make large wholesale purchases at a discount.
Origin of cooperateLate Latin cooperārī, cooperāt- : Latin co-, co- + operārī, to work (from opus, oper-, work; see op- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present cooperates, present participle cooperating, simple past and past participle cooperated)
- (intransitive) To work or act together, especially for a common purpose or benefit.
- (intransitive) To allow for mutual unobstructed action
- (intransitive) To function in harmony, side by side
- (intransitive) To engage in economic cooperation.
The usual pronunciation of 'oo' is /uː/ or /ʊ/. The dieresis in the spelling coöperate emphasizes that the second o begins a separate syllable. However, the dieresis is becoming increasingly rare in US English typography, so the spelling cooperate predominates. See also Appendix:Dieresis.