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

The militia has accused ethnic Peuhl of collaborating with Islamic extremists increasingly operating in central Mali. Baba Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Militia head refutes his group responsible for Mali massacre," 25 Mar. 2019 Following the broadcast of the documentary, artists including Chance the Rapper, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga apologized for collaborating with Mr. Kelly and had those songs removed from streaming services and digital download stores. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Singer R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse," 22 Feb. 2019 The backstory: Grimes, who dates (dated?) Musk, had been planning on collaborating with Banks. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "This Week in Elon," 24 Aug. 2018 Of course, Too Faced is no stranger to collaborating with friends. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Too Faced and Drybar Want to Make Your Hair Sparkle With Their New Styling Spray," 25 July 2018 Since then, he’s rapidly achieved an exalted status among a younger generation of musicians through his abiding sense of curiosity, drive to collaborate, and raw talent. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Pianist Matt Piet reinforces his vitality and versatility on City in a Garden," 7 June 2018 Since its inception, Slug has moved its operations to Los Angeles, collaborated with Instagram on a bimonthly artist showcase, and consulted for brands like Toyota and WeWork, but for its third anniversary, Bosco brought Slug back to its roots. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A New Capsule Collection Turns ’90s Childhood Tropes Into Bold, Bright Streetwear," 10 Dec. 2018 Hainan Airlines Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines collaborated with designer Laurence Xu to debut its new uniforms at Paris Couture Week fall/winter 2017. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 The two companies have collaborated on projects for decades and have been in talks since last year on a partnership for planes with 70 to more than 450 seats and for freighters. New York Times, "Boeing Takes On Bombardier and Airbus With Embraer Deal," 5 July 2018

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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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 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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