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 Most of all, Bristow’s observation that miners too often build new capacity in order to retain control, rather than collaborate, is spot on and gets to the heart of why consolidation is warranted in this commodity. Washington Post, "Barrick Swings Hard for Newmont - Maybe Too Hard," 18 Sep. 2019 Individual sensors can collaborate with their fellows to establish a wireless network. The Economist, "Companies are taking advantage of their new ability to track their workers," 12 Sep. 2019 Multiple teams of artists and animators collaborated on the project through a series of workshops at the Burbank studio’s VR lab, where each team became better acquainted with VR animation and storytelling tools. Los Angeles Times, "Cartoon Network’s new VR game will let players pick a cosmic journey," 17 Sep. 2019 The star recently collaborated with Nudestix on a makeup kit that includes a blush, highlighter, lip and cheek balm, and eye colors — all in stick form. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Here's Exactly How Hilary Duff Contours Her Nose Every Morning," 16 Sep. 2019 Rogers collaborated with DJ Skype Williams for the show’s set list. Nicole Saunders, Billboard, "Janelle Monaé Shuts Down Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano Goes Pop & More of NYFW's Best Music Moments," 13 Sep. 2019 School staff members collaborate on what disciplinary approaches to take. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver fourth grader stabbed 2 school employees with a stick," 12 Sep. 2019 Martin also collaborated with Ken Russell on the screenplay for the director’s 1977 film Valentino. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Mardik Martin, Martin Scorsese collaborator and Raging Bull writer, dies at 82," 12 Sep. 2019 The royal collaborated with a handful of U.K. brands to create a five-piece range of staple office attire, dubbed The Smart Set. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Returns from Maternity Leave Wearing Her New Smart Works Collection," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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collaborate

verb
How to pronounce collaborate (audio)

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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