co·​au·​thor | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈȯ-thər How to pronounce coauthor (audio) \
variants: or co-author
plural coauthors or co-authors

Definition of coauthor

: one who collaborates with another person in authoring a literary or dramatic work, a document, a legislative bill, etc. coauthors of many books and plays the coauthors of new legislation

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coauthor or co-author transitive verb coauthored or co-authored; coauthoring or co-authoring
… he coauthored legislation … requiring the publication on the Internet of the cost of all federal contracts, grants, and congressional "earmarks,"… — Michael Tomasky a co-authored book
coauthorship \ (ˌ)kō-​ˈȯ-​thər-​ˌship How to pronounce coauthorship (audio) \ or co-authorship noun
… accepting coauthorship on studies to which they did not significantly contribute. — Mary Murray

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IDEAS Buckingham and Goodall are the coauthors of Nine Lies About Work. Time, "Work-Life Balance Is a Myth. Do This Instead," 6 June 2019 Johri and Elizabeth Dinsdale, a biology professor at San Diego State, are coauthors of a study published recently in the journal Scientific Reports detailing the first use of the new device for wildlife conservation purposes. Joshua Rapp Learn, National Geographic, "Handheld DNA tester can quickly identify illegal shark fins," 15 Apr. 2019 By answering the conjecture, the coauthors of the new work have placed a rough-cut restriction on the spaces in which higher-rank lattices can act. Quanta Magazine, "A Proof About Where Symmetries Can’t Exist," 23 Oct. 2018 The number-crunching by Edwards and his coauthors also revealed that for all young men, police violence was one of the leading causes of death in the years 2013 to 2018. Los Angeles Times, "Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America," 16 Aug. 2019 In the breviary-like Logia of Yeshua, Davenport and his coauthor, Benjamin Urrutia, assembled everything reportedly spoken by Jesus. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 One 2017 study found that Reddit’s decision to ban communities like r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown led to less hate speech on the site, says study coauthor Eshwar Chandrasekharan, a PhD candidate at Georgia Tech. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why deplatforming 8chan can be effective," 8 Aug. 2019 But this effect was a mirage, according to a new paper from Stanford’s Chelsea L. Shover and three coauthors in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Legal Pot Won’t Control the Opioid Epidemic," 10 June 2019 Instead, as study coauthor Mickael Laumonier of France’s Université Clermont Auvergne tells National Geographic’s Maya Wei-Haas, the researchers’ work emphasizes the importance of assessing both active and inactive volcanoes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Magma Lurks Below This ‘Extinct’ Volcano in Romania," 19 July 2019

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of coauthor

: someone who writes a book, article, etc., with another person


co·​au·​thor | \ ˈkō-ˈȯ-thər\

Kids Definition of coauthor

: an author who works with another author

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