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

And while wine remains the core focus, Living Roots collaborates with other local alcoholic beverage companies to generate buzz. John Kell, Fortune, "How Millennials’ Wine Preferences Differ From Boomers," 29 June 2019 And creativity, complex problem solving, and collaborating and coordinating with others are among the top 10 skills needed to thrive in 2020. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Play Pays At Camp Invention," 28 June 2019 Each has partial, contested, but real agency, and each uses that agency to collaborate and tussle with the others. Sharon Marcus, Time, "Even the Internet Hasn’t Really Changed How Being Famous Works. Here’s Why," 25 June 2019 According to Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper, the Louvre has collaborated with the company HTC Vive to create a VR experience centered around the painting. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Louvre’s First VR Experience Lets Visitors Get Close to the ‘Mona Lisa’," 19 June 2019 And so both groups collaborate to protect both the future of the land and the story of the past. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Archaeologists, naturalists collaborate to safeguard the future and protect the past in Cook County Forest Preserves," 17 June 2019 But could Bassano have collaborated in some way with Shakespeare? David Scott Kastan, The Atlantic, "Shakespeare Didn’t Write Alone," 8 June 2019 As far as the two collaborating together, the pair is committed to running the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, which aims to provide youth outreach services for the next generation. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Might Be Getting a New Show and It Sounds Like It Will Be Amazing," 23 May 2019 Instead of each camp championing its own view and demolishing others, researchers will collaborate and agree to publish in advance how discriminating experiments might be conducted — and then respect the outcomes. Quanta Magazine, "Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas," 6 Mar. 2019

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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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