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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In Gorillaz, Albarn has done his best work as a collaborator and curator, his globe-spanning vision of pop making for a heady mix of punk-funk-rap-dance that bridges Los Angeles and Lagos, Rio and Tokyo. Greg Kot,, "New Gorillaz, 'The Now Now,' is an empty melting pot," 29 June 2018 The event was co-hosted by Ben Stiller and actor/comedian Mike Birbiglia, and Baumbach accepted the award from frequent collaborator Adam Driver. Robert Steiner,, "Noah Baumbach receives screenwriting award at Nantucket Film Festival," 25 June 2018 Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage The latest project from Selena Gomez and frequent collaborator Petra Collins is quite horrific., "Selena Gomez Goes Full Art House Horror Queen In This Creepy New Video," 20 June 2018 It's been a non-stop day and he's been put through the media meat grinder, the most notable being an emotional early-morning appearance on the Today Show with his friends and frequent collaborators Kathie Lee and Hoda. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018 Tom Geisbert, a friend of Feldmann’s and frequent scientific collaborator, recalls testing the vaccine in primates in the early-2000s. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘You’re holding your breath’: Scientists who toiled for years on an Ebola vaccine see the first one put to the test," 22 May 2018 Orci and Kurtzman were brought on board as writers, and Damon Lindelof (another frequent Abrams collaborator) would co-produce. Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, "A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever," 19 May 2018 West announced a seven-song solo album last week, along with a joint album with frequent collaborator Kid Cudi, both due in June. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Kanye West angers fans with pro-Trump tweets, is defended by Chance the Rapper," 25 Apr. 2018 The two have become close friends and frequent collaborators since Auerbach's move to Nashville. Chuck Yarborough,, "Dan Auerbach returns to Northeast Ohio with new album, show at Agora," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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