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.

Recent Examples on the Web

With Kendall down to DIY her beauty products and Kylie always working on something new, here's hoping that the two might possibly collaborate in the future. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Got Cozy in a Face Mask and Kylie Cosmetics’s Instagram Lip Kit Filter," 6 Dec. 2018 West Side Story star Rita Moreno and parody king Weird Al Yankovic (whom Miranda met years ago and almost collaborated with on a musical) both spoke at the ceremony. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Get His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," 1 Dec. 2018 GitHub is a website used primarily by software developers to share and collaborate on software code. Joshua Tauberer, Ars Technica, "How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request," 25 Nov. 2018 Weiss said the neighborhood regularly collaborates on decorations for the winter holidays, but no one has coordinated a display for Independence Day. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Mystery patriot plants tiny American flags on Winter Park streets, leaves 'warm and fuzzy' feelings," 3 July 2018 The Knowles sisters frequently collaborate on music together; Solange helps Beyoncé discover new music, and Beyoncé invited her sister to join her on the Coachella stage. Meagan Fredette,, "Bey & Solange's Mom Sent Them To Therapy As Kids & It Worked," 12 May 2018 According to co-founder Ashley Etling, the company is currently collaborating with sellers including Toad & Co., MAIKA, and Western Rise, with more to come. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Packaging Is Killing Us, and the Holidays Are the Worst," 19 Dec. 2018 Another challenge is collaborating with other business units. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "CFOs Face a Tough Task: Freeing Cash Trapped on Their Balance Sheets," 29 Nov. 2018 During this unprecedented opioid epidemic, counties across the country are collaborating with their local syringe exchanges to combat the problem. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.," 29 Nov. 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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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


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


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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