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 collaborate (audio) \ noun
collaborative \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \ adjective or noun
collaboratively \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce collaborate (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 Air Force has tested a new technology known as Golden Horde, which allows weapons to collaborate on targeting—on the way to their targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Testing Bombs That Can Talk," 15 Jan. 2021 Party leaders say the administration’s unwillingness to collaborate with them on more targeted restrictions means the state’s measures have been drastic, draconian and devastating for their constituents. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Grants for Pennsylvania small businesses ensnared in political gridlock," 15 Jan. 2021 Albritton said an example of the problem is the failure to collaborate on the LIFE Tech Center in Thomasville and the Alabama Therapeutic Educational Facility in Columbiana, which is under the Department of Corrections. Mike Cason |, al, "New Alabama paroles director: Bureau part of fix for ‘broken’ criminal justice system," 24 Dec. 2020 Seek out like-minded individuals, ones who want to collaborate on your ideas with you. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for December 21, 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Christian Washington, a former Chez Panisse chef, will be in charge of inviting guest chefs to collaborate on events. Janelle Bitker,, "Chef of Miss Ollie’s is shifting away from her popular Oakland fried chicken restaurant," 17 Dec. 2020 In 2012, while pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Ravinder began to collaborate with HUTAN, a conservation NGO in the Kinabatangan region, on hornbill research. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020 The studio needed to collaborate with the filmmakers on what was going to happen. Washington Post, "Christopher Nolan doubles down on slamming Warner Bros. release plan: ‘It’s a question of ethics’," 15 Dec. 2020 Beyond team play, some board games offer mechanics that allow players to collaborate on a more nuanced and complex level through trading and optional sharing of resources. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best board games: Five things to consider," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Collaborate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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


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


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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