col·​lab·​o·​ra·​tor | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce collaborator (audio) \

Definition of collaborator

: a person who collaborates with another: such as
a : someone who works with another person or group With our students and collaborators, we have developed … a tool that couples a video camera with specialized computation.— Frédo Durand et al.
b : someone who assists an enemy (such as an invader or part of an occupying force) … the Germans had allies and collaborators who, whether from conviction or perceived necessity, sought a privileged place in Hitler's New Order.— Robert Skidelsky

Examples of collaborator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2013, Wickland and a group of her collaborators came to the tunnel to gather bits of 35,000-year-old permafrost that had been carved out of the walls during the recent excavation. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 There is a wild creativity and feral quality to how the children, willing collaborators in this sylvan fairy tale, present themselves. Robert Frank, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Apr. 2020 For, unaddressed and as always, extortion from without will stimulate the rise of collaborators from within. Mark Helprin, National Review, "American Foreign and Defense Policy: Between Scylla and Charybdis," 16 Apr. 2020 Kardashian West is very conscious to highlight the work of her collaborators, attorneys and long-standing activists — many of whom are people of color — whose work her celebrity status could be seen as overshadowing. Alex Rees, Time, "'I Wish I Had Paid Attention Sooner.' Kim Kardashian West on Her Justice Project and Quest For Apolitical Prison Reform," 3 Apr. 2020 Recently, a paper by Jones and his collaborators in Birmingham removed the last major doubt and showed that igneous activity was indeed the principal driver of the warming. Quanta Magazine, "Sudden Ancient Global Warming Event Traced to Magma Flood," 19 Mar. 2020 Seshagiri’s collaborators in the US, India, and Germany have already successfully done this for some of the cobra’s most potent proteins, which attack nerves, heart tissue, and other cells. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last," 6 Jan. 2020 To untangle answers, Bradt and her collaborators in Maine have conducted field surveys and laboratory studies to document the seasonality, water temperature, salinity and morphological changes that coincide with molting. Laura Poppick, Scientific American, "Harm to Table: Turning an Invasive Crab into a Delicacy," 30 Oct. 2019 Eno has improvised in the studio, alone or with collaborators, using real time recordings or making surreal edits. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Brian Eno’s 15 Essential Ambient Works," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Collaborator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of collaborator

: a person who works with another person or group in order to achieve or do something
: a person who helps an enemy who has invaded his or her country during a war

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