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 The crash killed his friend and collaborator, comedian James McNair, 62, and left the funnyman wheelchair-bound for five months. Natalie Stone,, "Tracy Morgan and Wife Megan Wollover Split After Almost 5 Years of Marriage," 29 July 2020 Emmy nominee and previous Scorsese collaborator David Tedeschi will also co-direct. Nick Romano,, "Martin Scorsese to direct documentary on New York Dolls frontman David Johansen," 7 July 2020 As a Disney collaborator, Kaepernick will be working closely with the company to develop and produce a variety of content across its many different channels. Ineye Komonibo,, "Colin Kaepernick’s Disney Deal Is Huge — Here’s What It Means," 7 July 2020 Accompanying the single is a powerful visual directed by frequent collaborator Thuan Tran (@onlunchbreak). Nandi Howard, Essence, "How Ian Isiah Used His Fashion Expertise To Excel In Music," 7 July 2020 Schaaff asked Johnson, a longtime friend and collaborator, to help construct the piece, particularly the process of encasing the needles in resin. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It’s not somewhere else. It’s everywhere’: Anchorage businessowner turns needles littering his property into art piece about drug use," 6 July 2020 The citation of Mylan’s Indian plant was proof that Ranbaxy’s record was not unique, and Eban and Sony Salzman, her research collaborator, offered sweeping statistical data to this effect in an article published at the end of October. Daniel J. Kevles, The New York Review of Books, "The Scandal of Our Drug Supply," 6 July 2020 Eventually Mr Kohli himself became his collaborator. The Economist, "Fifteen seconds of fame India’s ban on TikTok deprives the country of a favourite pastime," 4 July 2020 The song, which also features his collaborator, mentee, and almost brother-in-law Travis Scott, reads as an feverish prayer to the heavens for the healing and cleansing for the world in light of all of its current turmoil. Ineye Komonibo,, "Kanye West’s New Song Has Team Yeezy Reminiscing," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Collaborator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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