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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
col•lec•tive /kəˈlɛktɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. formed by collection.
  2. forming a whole;
    combined: our collective assets.
  3. [before a noun] characteristic of a group:their collective will.
  4. Government[before a noun] organized according to the principles of collectivism:a collective farm.

n. [countable]
  • 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 © 2015
    col•lec•tive  (kə lektiv), 
    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.

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

    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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