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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.
1855-60; < French < Late Latin collabōrāt(us) (see collaborate) + French -ion -ion
Related forms
noncollaboration, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for collaborations
  • These collaborations succeed because they combine complementary elements.
  • Thanks to a series of smart collaborations, the hollowed-out motor city may be slowly growing back.
  • In many cases they had collaborations with the local police.
  • Lanza has high hopes for the stem cells and has numerous collaborations in the works.
  • The implications for such collaborations are mind-boggling.
  • Considering the collaborations and memories forged during such a unique event, it's clear we're winning.
  • Both collaborations identified genes for four proteins essential to the virus's ability to enter host cells and replicate.
  • Many of these projects may spawn new citizen science collaborations of their own.
  • Sometimes conversations with scientists turn into collaborations.
  • She talks to scientists whenever she can and conversations sometimes turn into collaborations.
British Dictionary definitions for collaborations


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 collaborations



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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