WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
col•lec•tive /kəˈlɛktɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. formed by collection.
  2. forming a whole;
    combined: our collective assets.
  3. characteristic of a group:[before a noun]their collective will.
  4. Government organized according to the principles of collectivism:[before a noun]a collective farm.

n. [countable]
  1. Governmentan organization in a collectivist system, esp. a collective farm.
col•lec•tive•ly, adv.: They acted collectively in turning down the offer.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
col•lec•tive  (kə lektiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. formed by collection.
  2. forming a whole;
    combined:the collective assets of a corporation and its subsidiaries.
  3. of or characteristic of a group of individuals taken together:the collective wishes of the membership.
  4. Governmentorganized according to the principles of collectivism:a collective farm.

  1. GrammarSee  collective noun. 
  2. a collective body;
  3. Governmenta business, farm, etc., jointly owned and operated by the members of a group.
  4. Governmenta unit of organization or the organization in a collectivist system.
col•lective•ly, adv. 
  • Latin collēctīvus, equivalent. to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -īvus -ive
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English collectif ( 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

collective /kəˈlɛktɪv/ adj
  1. formed or assembled by collection
  2. forming a whole or aggregate
  3. of, done by, or characteristic of individuals acting in cooperation
  1. a cooperative enterprise or unit, such as a collective farm
  2. the members of such a cooperative
  3. short for collective noun

colˈlectively adv colˈlectiveness n

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