col·lab·o·ra·tor | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər \

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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Johnson's longtime collaborator, Beau Flynn, produced the pic alongside Seven Bucks partners Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod, and Eric Hedayat. Erin Nyren,, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' sailing to $40 million-plus debut, 'Skyscraper' to disappoint," 14 July 2018 His wife and regular collaborator, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has won two Oscars and two Grammys. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 Marx lived not so much hand to mouth, as hand to will, and hand to other people’s pockets, in particular those belonging to his wealthy cohort and collaborator, Friedrich Engels. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Marx and Marxism’ and ‘A World to Win’ Review: Better Dead Than Read," 5 July 2018 Kee flew in from Australia for the show—which was put on with the help of Etihad Airways—and Plunkett and Sales were surrounded by a band of supporters, collaborators, and friends from all corners of the Earth. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Romance Was Born Brings Its “Kinda Couture” to Paris," 3 July 2018 This couldn’t be further from the truth, said Dunn’s friend and frequent collaborator, Jennifer Hebert, whose stage name is JenVoix. Benjamin Oreskes,, "‘You ain’t poppin’ unless you got haters’: Aspiring rapper turns L.A. commute into nightmare," 28 June 2018 These are the unspoken rules of engagement between a pair of worldwide celebrities, now collaborators, trying to find a few hours of relaxation at a game designed to elicit precisely the opposite. Jack Mccallum,, "The President Is Golfing," 27 June 2018 By closely listening to the land and the greater community, NBW, alongside Memorial Park Conservancy and many collaborators, have created an ecologically and socially resilient plan for the future of this important and beloved park. Houston Chronicle, "The rebirth of Houston’s most beloved park," 20 June 2018 DuVernay’s frequent film collaborator, rapper and actor Common, also shared a James Baldwin quote on Twitter to denounce the migrant children policy. Michelle Darrisaw,, "Ava DuVernay Speaks Out Against Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy: ‘We Cannot Allow This’," 20 June 2018

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1802, in the meaning defined above

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