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  ( collectives    plural  )
1       adj   Collective actions, situations, or feelings involve or are shared by every member of a group of people.  
ADJ n   (=joint)  
It was a collective decision..., The country's politicians are already heaving a collective sigh of relief.     
  collectively      adv   oft ADV with cl  
The Cabinet is collectively responsible for policy.     
2       adj   A collective amount of something is the total obtained by adding together the amounts that each person or thing in a group has.  
ADJ n   (=combined)  
Their collective volume wasn't very large.     
  collectively      adv   ADV with v  
In 1968 the states collectively spent $2 billion on it.     
3       adj   The collective term for two or more types of thing is a general word or expression which refers to all of them.  
ADJ n  
Social science is a collective name, covering a series of individual sciences.     
  collectively      adv   ADV with v  
...other sorts of cells (known collectively as white corpuscles).     
4       n-count   A collective is a business or farm which is run, and often owned, by a group of people who take an equal share of any profits.     (BUSINESS)   (=co-operative)  
He will see that he is participating in all the decisions of the collective.     

collective bargaining     
When a trade union engages in collective bargaining, it has talks with an employer about its members' pay and working conditions.     (BUSINESS)      n-uncount  
collective noun        ( collective nouns    plural  ) A collective noun is a noun such as `family' or `team' that refers to a group of people or things.      n-count  
collective unconscious     
In psychology, thecollective unconscious consists of the basic ideas and images that all people are believed to share because they have inherited them.      n-sing   usu the N  
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using a lot of people (Internet users mostly) to contribute to a collective work. For example Wikipedia uses crowdsourcing
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