- (intransitive) To work or act together, especially for a common purpose or benefit.
2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, in New York Times:
- In polling by the Pew Research Center in November 2008, fully half the respondents thought the two parties would cooperate more in the coming year, versus only 36 percent who thought the climate would grow more adversarial.
- (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.
- “cooperate” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, ISBN 978-0-395-82517-4.
- “cooperate” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "cooperate" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.