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[kuh-lab-uh-rey-shuh n] /kəˌlæb əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act or process of collaborating.
a product resulting from collaboration:
This dictionary is a collaboration of many minds.
Origin of collaboration
1855-60; < French < Late Latin collabōrāt(us) (see collaborate) + French -ion -ion
Related forms
noncollaboration, noun Unabridged
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  • Part of the fun of producing this meal was the collaboration.
  • New advances in information technology have made such collaboration much easier and more common.
  • Games can improve our social connections, and they can provide a huge arena for collaboration.
  • It would require years of collaboration and research across many different scientific and financial disciplines.
  • Most research requires collaboration, and it's easy to imagine your personal benefit.
  • There are groups of people that work in collaboration on such things.
  • In some ways, this collaboration kept communication open and may have contributed to the peace that followed.
  • Therefore it would be great to see it available as an open educational resource modelling sustainability and collaboration.
  • People in positions of trust, with media collaboration, have violated the principles of the scientific method.
  • In addition, it will enable better collaboration among caregivers and provide the tools to focus on patient wellness.
British Dictionary definitions for collaboration


often foll by on, with, etc. the act of working with another or others on a joint project
something created by working jointly with another or others
the act of cooperating as a traitor, esp with an enemy occupying one's own country
Derived Forms
collaborationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for collaboration

1860, from French collaboration, noun of action from Latin collaborare (see collaborate). In a bad sense, "tratorious cooperation with an occupying enemy," it is recorded from 1940; earliest references are to the Vichy Government of France.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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