collaborate

verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \
collaborated; collaborating

Definition of collaborate

intransitive verb

1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor An international team of scientists collaborated on the study.
2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one's country and especially an occupying force suspected of collaborating with the enemy
3 : to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected The two schools collaborate on library services.

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Other Words from collaborate

collaboration \ kə-​ˌla-​bə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce collaboration (audio) \ noun
collaborative \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce collaborative (audio) , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective or noun
collaboratively \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce collaboratively (audio) , -​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adverb
collaborator \ kə-​ˈla-​bə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce collaborator (audio) \ noun

Did You Know?

The Latin prefix com-, meaning "with, together, or jointly," is a bit of a chameleon - it has a tricky habit of changing its appearance depending on what it's next to. If the word it precedes begins with "l," "com-" becomes "col-." In the case of collaborate, com- teamed up with laborare ("to labor") to form Late Latin collaborare ("to labor together"). Colleague, collect, and collide are a few more examples of the "com-" to "col-" transformation. Other descendants of laborare in English include elaborate,- _laboratory, and labor itself.

Examples of collaborate in a Sentence

The two companies agreed to collaborate. He was suspected of collaborating with the occupying army.

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Kylie's baby daddy, Travis Scott, who's collaborated with West and is signed to his record label, was also at the soirée. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Went to Drake's New Year's Eve Party Amidst His Feud with Kanye," 2 Jan. 2019 As of late Monday afternoon, more than 100 divers had collaborated to rescue eight of the 12 boys, ages 11 to 16. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Thailand cave rescue shows what true heroism is all about," 9 July 2018 Africa’s relations with big powers seemed to follow a certain pattern — with the United States collaborating on military and counterterrorism aspects, and China on trade and economic development. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 Everyone collaborates and tries hard to create relationships with peers that are beyond just projects. Fortune, "Funeral Directors Life," 26 June 2018 Produced by Oak View Group, the second annual VenuesNow conference is an invite-only forum for industry leaders to collaborate and discuss music, sports, technology, security and sponsorship, among other topics. Tyler Aquilina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ari Emanuel to Keynote VenuesNow Conference," 18 June 2018 Many of us in higher education have talked for years about the need to collaborate more closely with each other and with our business partners, and Foxconn has encouraged us to accelerate that work to benefit our students and our state. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn, UWM partnering in new international co-op program for engineering students," 14 June 2018 The siblings collaborated in writing several songs over Dolly's decades-long career. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Dolly Parton's Youngest Brother Floyd Parton Has Died at 61," 11 Dec. 2018 Dean works with Bacardi as their Global Chief Creative for Culture and has collaborated with Reebok, Christian Louboutin, and Aston Martin in the past. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bally Just Dropped a Street Style Capsule Collection with Shok-1 and Swizz Beats," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of collaborate

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collaborate

Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor — more at labor

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collaborate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of collaborate

: to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something
disapproving : to give help to an enemy who has invaded your country during a war

collaborate

verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \
collaborated; collaborating

Kids Definition of collaborate

1 : to work with others (as in writing a book)
2 : to cooperate with an enemy force that has taken over a person's country

collaborate

intransitive verb
col·​lab·​o·​rate | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce collaborate (audio) \
collaborated; collaborating

Legal Definition of collaborate

: to work jointly with others in some endeavor

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