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

Examples of collaborator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Waters and his longtime friend and collaborator Mink Stole are currently featured in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein linked to Pride Month. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 21 June 2022 Davidson also confirmed his exit in an Instagram post shared by his friend and frequent collaborator, Dave Sirus, hours before the season finale. Joelle Goldstein,, 3 June 2022 Malone touchingly brought out his friend and collaborator Roddy Ricch, which felt like a victory since Ricch’s SNL performance that was scheduled for earlier in the season got bungled due to a COVID-19 exposure. Sarah Grant, Rolling Stone, 15 May 2022 Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, Hawkins’ friend and collaborator in Nighttime Boogie Association, took the mic and also played guitar during the performance. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 8 May 2022 Producer Marion Isaacs, who is a long-time friend and collaborator of Bongela’s, says those conversations are helping South Africans reexamine their relationships with the past while also redefining their relationships with each other. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 5 May 2022 His death, at the home of his friend and collaborator Swamp Dogg, was confirmed by the guitarist’s sister, Gertrude Kearney. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Louis Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, a longtime friend and collaborator of Vikander’s, had a hand in this shift. Marley Marius, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 As a high school student in Linden, Alabama, Retta marched with King, who came at the invitation of the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, King’s close friend and collaborator in the civil rights movement. Mark Gillispie, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2022

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“Collaborator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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