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 collaborate (audio) \ noun
collaborative \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \ adjective or noun
collaboratively \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce collaborate (audio) , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adverb

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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 university stopped contracting with the department for security at large events, such as football games, but Minneapolis and campus officers continued to collaborate on joint patrols and investigations. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 In March, after President Biden met with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan as part of an alliance known as the Quad, the White House asked the DFC to collaborate with the allies on a health initiative. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 15 July 2021 In time for Pride month, Madonna asked Gomes, and the filmmaker Sasha Kasiuha, to collaborate on a three-piece multimedia art installation to amplify LGBTQ+ voices while reminding viewers to love themselves and stay fearless. Abby Dupes, Town & Country, 11 July 2021 Of the men whom Bond trusted to collaborate on the mission, most are now dead. Noah Hurowitz, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2021 Visiting chefs like Moonlynn Tsai, Yin Chang, and Kristen Kish will pop up to collaborate on elaborate desserts to benefit nonprofit organization Heart of Dinner. Regan Stephens, Fortune, 4 July 2021 One of the best ways to develop trust between you and your clients is to collaborate with other leaders in your industry. Shama Hyder, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Cummings argues that companies working to automate road and air transport should also find it in their own interest to collaborate on voluntary standards and protocols for safety. Tom Simonite, Wired, 3 June 2021 Birch also hopes to connect with Oakland groups to collaborate on events. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2021

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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“Collaborate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collaborate. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for collaborate

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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