collaborate

verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt \
collaborated; collaborating

Definition of collaborate 

intransitive verb

1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor An international team of scientists collaborated on the study.

2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one's country and especially an occupying force suspected of collaborating with the enemy

3 : to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected The two schools collaborate on library services.

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Other Words from collaborate

collaboration \ kə-​ˌla-​bə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun
collaborative \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective or noun
collaboratively \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv-​lē , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adverb
collaborator \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun

Did You Know?

The Latin prefix com-, meaning "with, together, or jointly," is a bit of a chameleon - it has a tricky habit of changing its appearance depending on what it's next to. If the word it precedes begins with "l," "com-" becomes "col-." In the case of collaborate, com- teamed up with laborare ("to labor") to form Late Latin collaborare ("to labor together"). Colleague, collect, and collide are a few more examples of the "com-" to "col-" transformation. Other descendants of laborare in English include elaborate,- _laboratory, and labor itself.

Examples of collaborate in a Sentence

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

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And Emanuel signed a partnership agreement with Nakane to collaborate on a range of issues from climate change to manufacturing — the first such agreement the Japanese government has signed with any city, the mayor’s office said. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office collaborated on the investigation. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Fake Florida ID tied to Harris County fraud case," 12 July 2018 UniKey and Voxx Automotive have already been collaborating on a contract for a keyless entry system for an unspecified electronic vehicle model. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando tech firms UniKey, Voxx team up to push toward keyless, fobless car-door entry," 12 July 2018 From overcoming hard times together and collaborating on romantic duets to dealing with constant wedding rumors, here's a look at how one of the cutest couples in music came together. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "A Timeline of Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton's Relationship," 11 July 2018 Howard and guard Nic Batum struggled to collaborate effectively on offense and Howard’s constant post-ups were not particularly efficient (an average of 0.8 points per possession when Howard got the ball in the low block). Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets' Mitch Kupchak explains why Dwight Howard had to go," 6 July 2018 The conference offers the SOF community a place to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of SOF operators. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Northrop Grumman Investigates Worker For Allegedly Attending Charlottesville Rally," 6 July 2018 He and Anthony, who were fraternity brothers at University of Texas at Austin, previously collaborated on Midtown Station, a retail and office project at the corner of St. Mary’s and Elmira streets in Tobin Hill. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Downtown developer buys nonprofit headquarters on near West Side," 2 July 2018 The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace Elementary teacher Dennison receives prestigious fellowship," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of collaborate

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collaborate

Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor — more at labor

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collaborate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of collaborate

: 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

collaborate

verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt \
collaborated; collaborating

Kids Definition of collaborate

1 : to work with others (as in writing a book)

2 : to cooperate with an enemy force that has taken over a person's country

collaborate

intransitive verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt \
collaborated; collaborating

Legal Definition of collaborate 

: to work jointly with others in some endeavor

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