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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
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  • If a group has three students, have each student make one map and then ask the entire group to collaborate on the fourth map.
  • To him, environmental conservation can succeed only if vying factions communicate and collaborate.
  • Students will collaborate to research the history and implications of trade and write about and present their findings.
  • Students can draw the pictures individually or collaborate with group members to create larger posters or murals.
  • collaborate with your fellow junior engineers to build fantastic and functional remote-control creations.
  • The artists collaborate with one another and, ideally, with their subjects.
  • Typically a number of family members collaborate in the production, each one specializing in a different step of the process.
  • Humpbacks are known to collaborate-for example, in rounding up food in their summer feeding grounds.
  • So off they went, the handsome solicitor and the pretty songstress, to collaborate in private.
  • We need an effective mechanism for people and organizations to collaborate in order to solve the challenges facing our world.
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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