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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According to co-founder Ashley Etling, the company is currently collaborating with sellers including Toad & Co., MAIKA, and Western Rise, with more to come. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Packaging Is Killing Us, and the Holidays Are the Worst," 19 Dec. 2018 Another challenge is collaborating with other business units. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "CFOs Face a Tough Task: Freeing Cash Trapped on Their Balance Sheets," 29 Nov. 2018 During this unprecedented opioid epidemic, counties across the country are collaborating with their local syringe exchanges to combat the problem. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges help combat the opioid crisis. But officials keep shutting them down.," 29 Nov. 2018 In some areas, large general contractors are collaborating with community colleges to offer a range of courses. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 But the second big difference is really collaborating with cities and sharing data with them through the real-time API access, through the dashboards. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 General Dynamics is collaborating with IMI Systems to provide Iron Fist Light. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable," 3 Aug. 2018 Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J, who all collaborated on the smash, had decided to hire a female director, and Minaj (who'd worked with Davis before) knew Davis was the exact woman for the job. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Director Was as Surprised as You Were about Her Unexpected Note to Pete Davidson," 1 Dec. 2018 Kyle, who's written songs for Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, and Tim McGraw, just to name a few, has also collaborated with his wife. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kellie Pickler and Her Husband Kyle Jacobs Make the Cutest Couple," 17 Nov. 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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