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 What started as a adult league football club called Bones FC — soccer in this sense — has morphed into a group of friends who collaborate on streetwear inspired by contemporary art and more recently, night markets. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Say hello to Bones — Grand Avenue's new 'bodega,' brought to you by a Phoenix soccer club," 24 Apr. 2021 In an ever more complex and information-overloaded world, teaming up to collaborate is key to learning, innovating and performing. Katharina Schmidt, Forbes, "Four Guiding Principles To Improve Collaboration Among Leadership Teams," 21 Apr. 2021 Guilfoyle is the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., the 45th president’s eldest son, and the two often collaborate to raise money for Republican congressional candidates. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Eric Greitens taps Kimberly Guilfoyle to chair Missouri Senate bid," 19 Apr. 2021 The Observer also reported that the Medical University of South Carolina Charleston will conduct the autopsy and that the York County Coroner’s Office will collaborate with Boston University on the CTE assessment. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Report: Brain of mass shooting suspect, ex-NFL player Phillip Adams to be tested for CTE," 10 Apr. 2021 Marie Letarte, the Bigelow library director, wishes libraries would collaborate on virtual listings., "Food programming has helped libraries nurture communities during COVID," 23 Mar. 2021 Most families have had to make difficult financial choices during the pandemic and District 97 should collaborate with teachers to identify what spending isn’t critical to improving the classroom experience for students. Steve Schering,, "Q&A: Oak Park District 97 school board candidates discuss issues ahead of April 6 election," 16 Mar. 2021 Vision Fund executives have long talked about the potential benefits to be gained by having its investee companies collaborate. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, "SoftBank Put $400 Million Into Greensill Months Before Collapse," 9 Mar. 2021 Many people seem startled that two competitors in this multibillion-dollar industry would collaborate for the greater good of the public. Leonard Lichtblau, Star Tribune, "Big Pharma comes together for greater good," 7 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'collaborate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Collaborate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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