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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.
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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Examples from the web for collaborating
  • Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents.
  • But the coalition is already collaborating on the legislative effort.
  • In fact, in many ways, collaborating outside a company's structure can even be better.
  • By the end of the decade, they were collaborating-send- ing research materials back and forth through the mail.
  • He is collaborating on a paper about how intellectual diversity would improve social psychology.
  • collaborating with distant colleagues, and keeping up on the latest developments in your field, has become much easier.
  • He wants to go further, perhaps by collaborating on programmes.
  • Strangers were collaborating without even asking for money.
  • Others accuse the community of leaving little room for local businesses and collaborating to drive them out of the market.
  • We need to get back to collaborating the old-fashioned way.
British Dictionary definitions for collaborating


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 collaborating



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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