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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Roger Gould is creative director of the theme-parks group of Pixar Animation Studios, which means his job includes collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering anywhere that Pixar appears in a Disney theme park worldwide. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pixar exec shares behind-the-scenes thinking for Disney World's Toy Story Land," 12 July 2018 Haarhoff acts for a non-profit group founded by American philanthropist Greg Carr that is collaborating with Mozambique’s government to rehabilitate Gorongosa National Park, a rich ecosystem whose animals are recovering after war and poaching. Washington Post, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 Nokia has also signed a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile for research and testing of artificial intelligence and machine learning and said the companies would collaborate to find customers in new segments. Fortune, "Nokia Signs $1.2 Billion Deal With China Mobile," 11 July 2018 Haarhoff acts for a non-profit group founded by American philanthropist Greg Carr that is collaborating with Mozambique's government to rehabilitate Gorongosa National Park, a rich ecosystem whose animals are recovering after war and poaching. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 And in the 44th District, the board recommends state Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, who has proved capable of collaborating as well as sticking to his principles. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The Thailand cave rescue is complete, and more on the Supreme Court | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 10," 10 July 2018 Photo: Kristof Van Accom/Zuma Press Helsen and Sablon collaborated only because of another meeting that was born out of desperation. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Professor Who Helped Make Belgian Soccer a World Power," 9 July 2018 Courtesy Asos has left its mark in the fashion industry as one of the most inclusive retailers, from featuring models with stretch marks to offering collections for the curvy, tall, and petite shoppers to collaborating with LGBTQ organizations. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "ASOS Launched a Wheelchair-Friendly Jumpsuit and the Internet Is All About It," 6 July 2018 Ferragamo opened a shoe repair shop with his brothers and collaborated with the most famous names in cinema, including Raoul Walsh, James Cruze, and Cecil B. DeMille. Aerin Reed, Town & Country, "A New Exhibit at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence Highlights the Designer's Life in Hollywood," 5 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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