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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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  • Then in a lower voice she added: “She has been collaborating with Tupper Browne.”

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • Then presently she was doing it, collaborating rather in the dialogue that ensued.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Every woman who ever wrote well began by collaborating with a man.

  • Do what you like, and let us make no further pretence of collaborating.

    The Collaborators Robert S. Hichens
  • I had been frequently attracted by the idea of collaborating with him.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
British Dictionary definitions for collaborating

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 collaborating

collaborate

v.

1871, back-formation from collaborator. Given a bad sense in World War II. Related: Collaborated; collaborating.

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