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.

Recent Examples on the Web

In addition to working with fellow architects, Mr. Libeskind had to collaborate with multiple government agencies. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "Daniel Libeskind Thinks Buildings Should Tell Stories," 30 Nov. 2018 Gutsch says he was contacted by upwards of 1,000 brands who want to collaborate on similar projects this year. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Parley for the Oceans Founder Cyrill Gutsch Believes Fashion Can Lead the Way to a Healthier Planet," 29 Nov. 2018 That is in part because, though Lubezki and Cuarón had planned to collaborate once again, scheduling problems led Lubezki to encourage his friend to not just write and direct the film but serve as its cinematographer as well. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 That meeting resulted in Gallardo and Shah reaching out to Martin to collaborate on a travel makeup bag. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Makeup Artist Daniel Martin Launches a Genius Travel Makeup Bag With Cuyana," 1 Nov. 2018 After throwing what some city staffers reportedly described as a tantrum, the companies are now emphasizing commitments to collaborate with Santa Monica. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Martina wants to collaborate with Bruno Mars in the future. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fascinating Things About 'America's Got Talent' Guest Judge Martina McBride," 31 July 2018 By a stroke of luck, when Xing got the call was on his way to Canada to collaborate with Caldwell on an already-in-progress study of reptiles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered in Forest Amber," 19 July 2018 But at its core, the series is still very much a workplace dramedy, taking a collection of very different people and forcing them to collaborate. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Working Women of GLOW," 1 July 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

: 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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