Definition of collaborate
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.
collaborationplay \kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
collaborativeplay \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun
collaborativelyplay \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv-lē, -b(ə-)rə-\ adverb
collaboratorplay \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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Examples of collaborate in a Sentence
The two companies agreed to collaborate.
He was suspected of collaborating with the occupying army.
Recent Examples of collaborate from the Web
Pasmans and Martel are collaborating with researchers in Germany to identify Bsal-fighting bacteria.
The director is Lileana Blain-Cruz, who has collaborated memorably with the boundary-pushing playwrights Lucas Hnath and Suzan-Lori Parks.
The museum collaborated with Japangeles on a snapback hat bearing the clothier’s script logo, while Chado Tea Room crafted custom blends, each inspired by different generations of Japanese Americans.
Lee said there's nothing wrong with using modern technology and collaborating with partners as long as the tailor first honors the suits and clothing fit.
Birmingham attorney Richard Jaffe has collaborated with Jones on several state and federal cases for more than 20 years.
The Weeknd met producer Jeremy Rose in 2010 and the pair began collaborating on songs, with the Weeknd rapping over Rose’s instrumentals.
Cornyn is collaborating with House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul on a measure that would jack up mandatory minimums for certain immigrants and for people who commit violent crimes against law enforcement officials.
With over 90 credits to his name, Koenekamp often collaborated with director Franklin J. Schaffner.
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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.
COLLABORATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of collaborate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of collaborate for Students
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
Legal Definition of collaborate
: to work jointly with others in some endeavor
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