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 cars are named for John Cooper, a racing driver and race car designer who collaborated with the British Motor Corporation to create performance versions of the original Minis in the 1960s. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "This will be the fastest Mini Cooper on the road," 20 Nov. 2019 Shelby takes for granted that Ken, a brilliant technician who collaborates with him in the design of the vehicle, will drive it at Le Mans. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Airbrushed Racing History of “Ford v Ferrari”," 19 Nov. 2019 Miller just inked a deal with Legendary Television for the project, and apparently a similar agreement is close to completion with Robert Rodriguez, who collaborated with Miller on the film adaptions of the comic series in 2005 and 2014. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Frank Miller inks deal for a Sin City TV series based on his neo-noir comics," 16 Nov. 2019 This week’s edition comes from Zayde Wolf, the solo moniker of songwriter/producer Dustin Burnett, who has collaborated with Augustana, Us The Duo and more. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen To Zayde Wolf's Sporty 'Pump Up' #TBT Mixtape," 7 Nov. 2019 And now: a new track from Taylor Swift, who collaborated with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer of the original Cats musical, to write a number for ballerina and lead actress Francesca Hayward. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Wrote a New Song for the 'Cats' Movie With Andrew Lloyd Webber," 25 Oct. 2019 Julie Gibson, a singer, actress, studio rep and dialogue coach who collaborated with Preston Sturges, Orson Welles, Ida Lupino, John Huston, Edgar Bergen and The Bowery Boys during a fascinating career, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Julie Gibson, Singer in 'The Feminine Touch' and 'Hail the Conquering Hero,' Dies at 106," 16 Oct. 2019 This 1968 home was originally designed by architects Ken Bentley and John Kell, who collaborated after leaving O’Neil Ford’s office. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Luxury mid-century modern-inspired San Antonio home surrounds pool courtyard," 7 Oct. 2019 Brätsch, who collaborates with glassblowers and other artisans to explode the conventions of painting, is influenced by everything from Old Masters to Japanese animation. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Will MoMA’s New Commissions Make the Museum Modern Again?," 7 Oct. 2019

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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The first known use of collaborate was in 1871

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Collaborate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collaborating. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for collaborate

collaborate

verb
How to pronounce collaborate (audio)

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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