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

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Mrs Warren relies on analysis by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, longtime collaborators with Mr Piketty and wealth-tax proponents, and both of the University of California, Berkeley. The Economist, "Rich people’s problems," 6 July 2019 Clooney, 58, is currently in pre-production on the untitled project with longtime collaborator Grant Heslov. Joey Nolfi,, "George Clooney to direct, star in 'haunting' post-apocalyptic drama for Netflix," 24 June 2019 Directed by Rayman's longtime collaborator Steph Verschuren, Rayman's moody tune complements the gritty backdrop of New York City. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Allan Rayman Releases Fashion-Forward Video for New Single 'Stitch': Video Premiere," 21 June 2019 Storaro and the film’s art designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti (both longtime collaborators with Bertolucci) drew upon the 16th-century artist Caravaggio, and his famous use of contrasting light and darkness. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist still resonates today," 3 Dec. 2018 Catastrophic will also foster new voices, such as Chana Porter, who debuted a play this year at the theater, and longtime Catastrophic collaborators such as Brian Jucha. Wei-huan Chen, Houston Chronicle, "Catastrophic Theatre's 2018-19 season features Will Eno and Robert O'Hara," 27 June 2018 Vanessa Rubio, a longtime collaborator, said Meade was never obsessed with the idea of running for president but once nominated left the treasury with hopes of overseeing a transformation of the PRI. Maria Verza, Fox News, "Ruling party's Meade banking on upset in Mexico election," 26 June 2018 Detroit emcee Mister is helping longtime collaborator Height Keech of Baltimore release a new album of guitar-heavy hip-hop. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Trip Metal Fest, Mollywop, Height Keech," 24 May 2018 No word yet on whether Katy Perry will appear — or be a collaborator on the single. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Everything We Know About Taylor Swift's Next Album Lover," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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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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