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collaborate

[kuh-lab-uh-reyt] /kəˈlæb əˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), collaborated, collaborating.
1.
to work, one with another; cooperate, as on a literary work:
They collaborated on a novel.
2.
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
1870-1875
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.
Synonyms
2. collude, join, assist, abet.
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  • She had suggested, playfully, that she should join her pen to his—that they should collaborate.

  • As soon as he gets out of the army he and I are going to collaborate on a play.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • We are going to collaborate on a play and, oh, we have planned to do lots of things.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • What I was going to suggest was that you and I should collaborate.

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • I think you were born to collaborate, and to collaborate with me.

    The Collaborators Robert S. Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for collaborate

collaborate

/kəˈlæbəˌreɪt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
often foll by on, with, etc. to work with another or others on a joint project
2.
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
v.

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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