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definition of the word cooperate

by the Wiktionnary

Originated 1595–1605 from Late Latin cooperatus (work with). See co- + operate.

Infinitive
to cooperate

Third person singular
cooperates

Simple past
cooperated

Past participle
cooperated

Present participle
cooperating

to cooperate (third-person singular simple present cooperates, present participle cooperating, simple past and past participle cooperated)

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


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