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 \-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
collaborativeplay \-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun
collaborativelyplay \-lē\ adverb
collaboratorplay \-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.
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.
Origin and Etymology of collaborate
Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor — more at labor
First Known Use: 1871
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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