collaborate

verb
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.

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In addition to joining her GMA co-stars at the desk on certain mornings and working on Flea Market Flip, Lara has been collaborating with Tura Inc. on a new sunglasses and optical collection. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Lara Spencer From 'Good Morning America' Announces Exciting New Project," 27 Aug. 2018 Could the two services collaborate on a common fighter to save costs? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know About the Air Force and Navy's Next Fighter Jets," 18 July 2018 The two musicians have been collaborating under the name since 2009. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "A different kind of Big Red Machine is back," 13 July 2018 UConn has been in discussions with the Wadsworth for more than a year on how the two institutions could collaborate. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "UConn Backs Space Sharing Deal With Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum," 27 June 2018 All these drones could potentially collaborate and work together undetected providing reconnaissance, intelligence and surveillance on things like enemy coastlines and enemy fleets. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 Audi, who recently collaborated with Rabih Kayrouz, likes to think of her clothes as accessories. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "This Is the Paris Shop Where Haider Ackermann Buys Slippers," 23 Jan. 2019 In recent years, the pair has included another partner in the process by inviting an act from the festival lineup to collaborate on special suds for the summer festival. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Japandroids create 'Canadian style pale ale' with Goose Island for this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival," 13 June 2018 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

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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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collaborate

verb

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 \
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 \
collaborated; collaborating

Legal Definition of collaborate

: to work jointly with others in some endeavor

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