Collective meaning

kə-lĕk'tĭv
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.

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A collective noun.
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Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group.

A collective decision.

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An undertaking, such as a business operation, set up on the principles or system of collectivism.
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Formed by collecting; gathered into a whole.
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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.

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Designating or of any enterprise in which people work together as a group, esp. under a system of collectivism.

A collective farm.

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Any collective enterprise; specif., a collective farm.
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The people working in such an enterprise.
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A collective noun.
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Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.
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(grammar) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc.
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Tending to collect; forming a collection.
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Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note.
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A farm owned by a collection of people.
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(grammar) A collective noun or name.
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(by extension) A group dedicated to a particular cause or interest.
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Assembled into or viewed as a whole.
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Origin of collective

  • From Middle French collectif, from Latin collectivus, from collectus, past participle of colligere (“to collect”), from com- (“together”) + legere (“to gather”). Compare French collectif.
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