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 collaborate (audio) \ noun
collaborative \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \ adjective or noun
collaboratively \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce collaborate (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 Artists who use the feature in the future will collaborate with Wave to design personalized gifts for their shows, in the same way Wave helps artists create custom virtual spaces for their shows. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Dillon Francis Joins Wave for Virtual Show Where Fans Can 'Gift' Dancing Avocados + More," 24 Mar. 2021 The center will collaborate with regional organizations, nonprofit groups, cities and developers to address housing needs and priorities in the region, according to a council news release. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Attainable housing focus of new Northwest Arkansas Council center," 19 Mar. 2021 If that holds, Senate Republicans have little to fear from the reform drive—a united caucus can collaborate to sustain even a talking filibuster indefinitely. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Republicans Know They’re Losing the Filibuster Fight," 19 Mar. 2021 The BlackLight Collective, a coalition of Black executives and talent in the industry, collaborate with McKinsey researchers. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, "Study: Lack of diversity in Hollywood costs industry $10B," 12 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Shared Channels in Teams enables channels to be shared across multiple organizations so firms can collaborate securely with customers, partners, suppliers, while controlling how users access data and information. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, "Microsoft Teams Issues Major Blow To Zoom With Game-Changing New Security Features," 2 Mar. 2021 Another option for individuals with an interest in unearthing these kinds of hidden histories is to volunteer at local historical associations and museums, which can then collaborate directly with the team. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Who Were America’s Enslaved? A New Database Humanizes the Names Behind the Numbers," 11 Dec. 2020 On hold, as of now until next spring, is identifying times that classroom teachers can collaborate with special education and intervention teachers. Steve Smith,, "East Windsor Board of Education hears update on Broad Brook Elementary," 13 Nov. 2020 It will be connected to the second floor by a presentation staircase which is a very wide bleacher looking structure where students can congregate and collaborate. Steve Sadin,, "Renovation will essentially create new 5-story North Chicago middle school," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of collaborate was in 1871

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16 Apr 2021

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“Collaborate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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


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


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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