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

Since late 2017, the bank has been collaborating with researchers at International Business Machines Corp. to experiment with quantum computing. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "JPMorgan Years Away From Seeing Quantum-Computing Dividends," 11 June 2019 Since the start of the year, Kate Middleton has been collaborating with the Royal Horticultural Society to design a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is in Her Element in New Photos of Her Garden Design Project," 13 May 2019 Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya have been collaborating for a while now. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Zendaya Dressed Up as Literal Cinderella at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Whitman and Traubel had been collaborating on this joint project since 1888. Brenda Wineapple, The New York Review of Books, "‘I Have Let Whitman Alone’," 18 Apr. 2019 The concept came from the genius of designer Peter Marino, who has been collaborating with the fashion house for almost 30 years. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel's New Flagship Store Will Sell Limited-Edition Bags, Fragrances, and Watches," 15 Nov. 2018 Labor lawyer Mary Joyce Carlson, who has been collaborating with women who filed the EEOC complaints, says the company needs to back up such gestures with tougher enforcement. David Crary, Fox News, "McDonald's workers in 10 cities plan strike over sexual harassment policies," 13 Sep. 2018 According to Microsoft, more than 200,000 businesses across 181 markets have been collaborating inside Teams since its launch last year. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Microsoft battles back against popular office-messaging service Slack by launching a free Teams version," 12 July 2018 Sycuan has been collaborating with Live Nation since 2016 to sponsor Live Nation’s North Island Credit Union Amphitheater. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Live Nation partnering with Sycuan for entertainment," 3 June 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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