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 , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ How to pronounce collaborative (audio) \ 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 Sid Sijbrandij is the co-founder and CEO of GitLab, which is a DevOps platform that helps teams collaborate on software development and project management. Sid Sijbrandij, Wired, "Hybrid Remote Work Offers the Worst of Both Worlds," 12 July 2020 One arm will collaborate with existing organizations to lead weekly demonstrations. oregonlive, "Rose City Justice, group that led massive PDX protests, announces end to nightly marches," 1 July 2020 But even as governments, nonprofit organizations and universities collaborate on reef restoration projects along the Atlantic coast, the voices of descendant communities such as the Muscogee (Creek) Nation tend to be overlooked. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "For Sustainable Oyster Harvesting, Look to Native Americans’ Historical Practices," 13 July 2020 The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will collaborate with the BBC as the initiative is developed further and roll out Tiny Happy People. Simon Perry,, "Kate Middleton Shares the Parenting 'Gold Dust' She Wishes She Had as a First-Time Mom," 13 July 2020 To public health experts, nations in an ideal world would collaborate to create vaccines. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "'No one is safe until everyone is safe': Vaccine nationalism threatens global coronavirus effort," 12 July 2020 That is why the PRI’s framework also encourages investors to collaborate with stakeholders such as businesses, governments, academia, NGOs, the media, and the broader public in order to achieve outcomes in line with the SDGs. Fiona Reynolds, Fortune, "Big investors, we can’t fight poverty or protect the planet without you," 10 July 2020 Platforms such as Instagram and Twitter are highly effective tools for protesters to connect and collaborate. oregonlive, "Rose City Justice, group that drew thousands for protests, disappears amid criticisms," 10 July 2020 Others have said the company should somehow tie sales of police vehicles to reform plans or collaborate with police to enhance security measures in and around the vehicles, such as cameras. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford employees ask if company should stop building police vehicles," 9 July 2020

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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Cite this Entry

“Collaborate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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