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cooperate v : work together on a common enterprise of project; "The soprano and the pianist did not get together very well"; "We joined forces with another research group" [syn: collaborate, join forces, get together]

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Originated 1595–1605 from cooperatus. See co- + operate.


  1. To work or act together, especially for a common purpose or benefit.
  2. To allow for mutual unobstructed action
  3. To function in harmony, side by side
  4. To engage in economic cooperation.

Usage notes

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 .



transitive: to work together


  • American Heritage 2000
  • WordNet 2003



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, cooperare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, cooperare#Italian|cooperare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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