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[kuh-lab-uh-reyt] /kəˈlæb əˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), collaborated, collaborating.
to work, one with another; cooperate, as on a literary work:
They collaborated on a novel.
to cooperate, usually willingly, with an enemy nation, especially with an enemy occupying one's country:
He collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.
Origin of collaborate
1870-75; < Late Latin collabōrātus (past participle of collabōrāre), equivalent to col- col-1 + labor work + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
collaborator, noun
Can be confused
collaborate, corroborate.
2. collude, join, assist, abet. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I hope, Doctor Dollar, it is not to be a function of the new faculty to collaborate in the concealment of crime and criminals?

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • As soon as he gets out of the army he and I are going to collaborate on a play.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • She had suggested, playfully, that she should join her pen to his—that they should collaborate.

  • What I was going to suggest was that you and I should collaborate.

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • For Mademoiselle Stangerson had already begun to collaborate with her father in his work.

British Dictionary definitions for collaborate


verb (intransitive)
often foll by on, with, etc. to work with another or others on a joint project
to cooperate as a traitor, esp with an enemy occupying one's own country
Derived Forms
collaborative, adjective
collaborator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin collabōrāre, from Latin com- together + labōrāre to work
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Word Origin and History for collaborate

1871, back-formation from collaborator. Given a bad sense in World War II. Related: Collaborated; collaborating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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