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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No word yet on whether Katy Perry will appear — or be a collaborator on the single. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Everything We Know About Taylor Swift's Next Album Lover," 15 June 2019 In many ways Halsey’s group-fueled practice—one that enlists friends and family like Carter, McWilliams and her cousins or grandmother as collaborators/fabricators—started in that bedroom. Michael Slenske,, "Lauren Halsey brings the funk to the L.A. art scene," 10 June 2019 In a world that expects hierarchy and venerates individual genius, some musicians prefer to see their conductor not as a collaborator, but as a dominant, almost dictatorial leader. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, "When Women Take the Baton," 26 Mar. 2019 The actress name-dropped her friend, designer Christian Siriano, as her dream collaborator on an accessible fashion. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christian Siriano Just Responded to Selma Blair's Accessible Fashion Line Idea," 9 Mar. 2019 Over the past few years, plus-size retailer Eloquii has tapped brands like Stone Fox Bridal and Reese Witherspoon's Draper James as design collaborators, to introduce their popular styles to a broader, size 14-and-up audience. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Eloquii Is Collaborating With Jason Wu on a Fall 2018 Collection," 24 July 2018 Separatists who challenge India’s sovereignty over Kashmir did not immediately comment on the political developments, though in the past their leaders have consistently ridiculed pro-India politicians as collaborators. Washington Post, "India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends," 20 June 2018 Jumbled or not, Mr. Lopatin has been widely enlisted as a collaborator. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Oneohtrix Point Never’s Quest to Make Music That Freaks People Out," 31 May 2018 Since then, a petition has been started to call on Adidas to drop West as a collaborator. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Adidas Doesn’t Want to Discuss Kanye West’s Slavery Remarks," 3 May 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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