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 Dutch creator has used her internet fame to launch several products, collaborating over the years with beauty brands such as Ofra, Maybelline and Too Faced. Doha Madani, NBC News, "YouTuber and makeup artist Nikki Tutorials comes out as trans," 13 Jan. 2020 Players spend cards from their hands to meet symbol requirements on their target, possibly collaborating with the rest of the crew. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Review: Cowboy Bebop becomes a boardgame," 11 Jan. 2020 The Haiti effort provided a model of how U.S. government agencies and cultural organizations could collaborate to save heritage in disaster and conflict situations. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Magazine, "To safeguard cultural heritage, a massive Smithsonian-led cultural rescue operation can now be mobilized to help countries recover from disaster," 10 Jan. 2020 Best Design, Outdoor Kitchen: Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub Smart cooking isn’t just for the indoors, which is why the grilling pros at Weber have collaborated with the smart oven company June to create a connected grilling tool. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "The Sunset Smarter Awards: The Best New Tech of CES 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 His visions for an equality-first environment included a complete ANTIBOY brand with an album and accompanying TV show as well as a physical space for LGBTQ+ artists to safely create and collaborate with one another, as reported by Boys by Girls. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Harry Hains, Australian Actor, Model & Musician, Dies at 27," 9 Jan. 2020 Greenpeace recommended that companies scale up their renewable energy usage, publicly disclose their energy and emissions data, and collaborate with local governments and grid companies to expand clean energy use. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "‘They Must Scale Up:’ Greenpeace Ranks China’s Tech Giants on Renewable Energy," 9 Jan. 2020 Although the board does not split precisely along ideological lines, some members are more critical than others of the current administration, led by Superintendent Aleesia Johnson, and its policies, such as collaborating with charter schools. Dylan Peers Mccoy, Indianapolis Star, "November election could shake up the IPS board. Here’s who is running for reelection," 7 Jan. 2020 Early in the night, Elton John and Bernie Taupin finally won a major award together after collaborating for 52 years. Time, "As First Woman to Win 'Original Score' Award Solo, 'Joker' Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Makes History at Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collaborate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 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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