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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Parks is also the Public’s inaugural Master Writer Chair (something like a writer in residence), and has long been a friend of and collaborator with Eustis. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Oskar Eustis and Suzan-Lori Parks Are Theater's Most Dynamic Duo," 25 Feb. 2019 Something pretty key to use when working on a document with multiple collaborators is the editing modes, and commenting, and chatting. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Google Docs," 9 Jan. 2019 Similar to Dropbox, Box natively allows its users to create text documents that can be edited in real time with collaborators. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to pick the cloud storage service that’s right for you," 31 Aug. 2018 But, rather than rush to get product out, Harnett has slowly worked, with collaborators that include Disclosure and Rudimental, to find her sound., "Sinead Harnett Makes A Breakup Sound Like A Very Sexy Thing In "Body"," 11 July 2018 Working with collaborators who couldn’t be trusted. Nina Metz,, "My worst moment: 'Westworld's' Jeffrey Wright and a last-minute schedule change," 22 May 2018 Zanos and colleagues at Feinstein, along with collaborators from GE Global Research, published a study this week in PNAS suggesting some basic steps toward this goal. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, "Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?," 10 May 2018 As Executive Director of Houston Street Charities, the group that hosts the annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Cathy Siegel is constantly rushing around town to meet with potential collaborators. Lainey Berkus, San Antonio Express-News, "A peek inside the bag of S.A. Cocktail Conference head," 11 Apr. 2018 Scientists in China can still share results with overseas collaborators, says Xie Xuemei, who specializes in innovation economics at Shanghai University. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China asserts firm grip on research data," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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