collaborate

verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce collaboration (audio) \ noun
collaborative \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce collaborative (audio) , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective or noun
collaboratively \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce collaboratively (audio) , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adverb

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Since its inception, Slug has moved its operations to Los Angeles, collaborated with Instagram on a bimonthly artist showcase, and consulted for brands like Toyota and WeWork, but for its third anniversary, Bosco brought Slug back to its roots. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A New Capsule Collection Turns ’90s Childhood Tropes Into Bold, Bright Streetwear," 10 Dec. 2018 Hainan Airlines Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines collaborated with designer Laurence Xu to debut its new uniforms at Paris Couture Week fall/winter 2017. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 The two companies have collaborated on projects for decades and have been in talks since last year on a partnership for planes with 70 to more than 450 seats and for freighters. New York Times, "Boeing Takes On Bombardier and Airbus With Embraer Deal," 5 July 2018 Prince Charles and Amal Clooney are collaborating on a new award to celebrate young women. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney and Prince Charles Team Up on a New Award Celebrating Female Empowerment," 16 Mar. 2019 Your sister, Miki, who has worked with you in the past, is collaborating with you again. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Marco Zanini Is Going to Launch His Own Label—Finally, Some Good News," 28 Jan. 2019 Former TODAY co-anchor Tamron Hall is collaborating with ABC to develop her own talk show. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "All the Details About Tamron Hall's New Show You Need to Know," 22 Jan. 2019 Kylie's baby daddy, Travis Scott, who's collaborated with West and is signed to his record label, was also at the soirée. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Went to Drake's New Year's Eve Party Amidst His Feud with Kanye," 2 Jan. 2019 As of late Monday afternoon, more than 100 divers had collaborated to rescue eight of the 12 boys, ages 11 to 16. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Thailand cave rescue shows what true heroism is all about," 9 July 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
disapproving : to give help to an enemy who has invaded your country during a war

collaborate

verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \
collaborated; collaborating

Legal Definition of collaborate

: to work jointly with others in some endeavor

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