verb col·lab·o·rate \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt\

: to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something

: to give help to an enemy who has invaded your country during a war


Full Definition of COLLABORATE

intransitive verb
:  to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor
:  to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one's country and especially an occupying force
:  to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected
col·lab·o·ra·tion \-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
col·lab·o·ra·tive \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun
col·lab·o·ra·tive·ly \-lē\ adverb
col·lab·o·ra·tor \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun


  1. The two companies agreed to collaborate.
  2. He was suspected of collaborating with the occupying army.


Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor — more at labor
First Known Use: 1871


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COLLABORATING Defined for Kids


verb col·lab·o·rate \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt\

Definition of COLLABORATE for Kids

:  to work with others (as in writing a book)
:  to cooperate with an enemy force that has taken over a person's country


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