collaborator

noun col·lab·o·ra·tor \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

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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1802

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