From Middle French collectif, from Latin collēctīvus, from collēctus, past participle of colligō (“I collect”), from com- (“together”) + legō (“I gather”). Compare French collectif. Doublet of colectivo.
- IPA(key): /kəˈlɛktɪv/
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- Hyphenation, US: col‧lec‧tive; UK: col‧lect‧ive
- Rhymes: -ɛktɪv
collective (not comparable)
- Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body.
- Tending to collect; forming a collection.
- 1741, [Edward Young], “Night the Fourth. The Christian Triumph.”, in The Complaint: Or, Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality, London: […] R[obert] Dodsley, […], →OCLC, page 18:
- Local is his throne […] to fix a point, / A central point, collective of his sons.
- Having plurality of origin or authority.
- (grammar) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form.
- (obsolete) Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring.
- collective agreement
- collective bargaining
- collective buying
- collective call sign
- collective fruit
- collective investment scheme
- collective memory
- collective note
- collective noun
- collective number
- collective numeral
- collective punishment
- collective security
- collective study
- collective title
- collective unconscious
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collective (plural collectives)
- A farm owned by a collection of people.
- (especially in communist countries) One of more farms managed and owned, through the state, by the community.
- (grammar) A collective noun or name.
- (by extension) A group dedicated to a particular cause or interest.
- 2005, Zoya Kocur, Simon Leung, Theory in contemporary art since 1985, page 76:
- There are, however, a number of contemporary artists and art collectives that have defined their practice precisely around the facilitation of dialogue among diverse communities.
- 2021 October 13, Adam Bradley, “The Creative Collectives Finding Strength in Numbers”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- Today’s collectives create together, tour together, exhibit together, live together, survive together, eat together, sleep together, march together, fight together and party together, too.
- The flight control used to control a helicopter's ascent or descent.
- 2012, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Helicopter Flying Handbook: FAA-H-8083-21A, Ravenio Books:
- A pilot normally holds the collective stationary until the helicopter stops; however, to get more braking action, lower the collective slightly. Keep in mind that, due to the increased ground friction when the collective is lowered or […]
- 2021 July 27, Federal Aviation Administration, Helicopter Flying Handbook: FAA-H-8083-21B, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
- Hover height, rate of ascent, and the rate of descent are controlled by using the collective. Helicopter position and the direction of travel are controlled by the cyclic.
- “collective”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “collective”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “collective”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- "collective" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 69.
- feminine singular of
- Après une belle action collective, l’équipe a enfin marqué un but. ― (please add an English translation of this usage example)