collective

collective [kə lek′ tiv]
adj.
[ME & OFr collectif < L collectivus]
1. formed by collecting; gathered into a whole
2. of, as, or characteristic of a group; of or by all or many of the individuals in a group acting together [the collective effort of the students]
3. designating or of any enterprise in which people work together as a group, esp. under a system of collectivism [a collective farm]
4. Gram.
a) designating a noun which is singular in form but denotes a collection of individuals (e.g., army, orchestra, crowd): it is treated as singular when the collection is thought of as a whole and as plural when the individual members are thought of as acting separately
b) designating a prefix which denotes a collecting or a collection
n.
1. any collective enterprise; specif., a collective farm
2. the people working in such an enterprise
3. Gram. a collective noun
collectively
adv.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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