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 \kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
collaborativeplay \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun
collaborativelyplay \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv-lē, -b(ə-)rə-\ adverb
collaboratorplay \kə-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.
Recent Examples of collaborate from the Web
Studies show several ways that meat might cause cancer, says Loic Le Marchand, an epidemiologist at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, who collaborated with more than 20 international scientists on the IARC report.
The U.S. Attorney’s office collaborated with the FBI and Miami Beach police to investigate the theft.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russia ahead of the presidential election.
Mr. Moran will also collaborate on a performance with the poets Elizabeth Alexander and Yusef Komunyakaa.
Mrs. Andrews’ Art I classes at AHS collaborated to create an environmentally conscious installation.
The agency filled a long-vacant ranger position and is better collaborating with local law enforcement partners like the Sheriff’s Department and the Border Patrol to help enforce the area, Storms said.
Nowels, who went to high school with and previously collaborated with Nicks, gave the music legend a call and got her on board.
But not just any single: The 17-year-old is reportedly collaborating with brother-in-law Kanye West on the upcoming track.
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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.
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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