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

Cheng exclusively tells Allure, who collaborated with the actor and tested a variety of options before settling on the final look. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Yara Shahidi Wore Crystal Eye Makeup in the Shape of Her Astrological Sign to the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Her current husband, Brad Falchuk, who frequently collaborates with Ryan Murphy (Glee, Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and Pose), turned 48 on March 2. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Has a Sweet Birthday Message for Ex-Husband Chris Martin," 4 Mar. 2019 The victim and the suspect, Jose Gardea, 34, had been collaborating on a construction project for a homeowner in the 1200 block of Hobday Road in Wilton before an argument broke out, Sgt. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Hammer assault during home construction project leaves man in critical condition," 9 July 2018 After that, House Republicans would have to set aside their own brutal intra-party fight long to collaborate with Democrats at the risk of being branded an ideological sellout. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republican Lawmakers Aren't Backing Trump on Family Separations," 20 June 2018 The militia has accused ethnic Peuhl of collaborating with Islamic extremists increasingly operating in central Mali. Baba Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Militia head refutes his group responsible for Mali massacre," 25 Mar. 2019 Following the broadcast of the documentary, artists including Chance the Rapper, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga apologized for collaborating with Mr. Kelly and had those songs removed from streaming services and digital download stores. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Singer R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse," 22 Feb. 2019 The backstory: Grimes, who dates (dated?) Musk, had been planning on collaborating with Banks. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "This Week in Elon," 24 Aug. 2018 Of course, Too Faced is no stranger to collaborating with friends. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Too Faced and Drybar Want to Make Your Hair Sparkle With Their New Styling Spray," 25 July 2018

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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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