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/ kəˈlæb əˌreɪt /
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verb (used without object), col·lab·o·rat·ed, col·lab·o·rat·ing.

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.



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Origin of collaborate

1870–75; <Late Latin collabōrātus (past participle of collabōrāre), equivalent to col-col-1 + labor work + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM collaborate

col·lab·o·ra·tor, noun


collaborate , corroborate
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What does collaborate mean?

Collaborate means to work together, especially on a goal or shared project.

Collaborate is often used in a positive context to refer to two or more parties successfully working together on professional or artistic projects. It often implies more than just cooperation. When two or more people collaborate, they often share and develop each other’s ideas.

The act of collaborating is called collaboration. Such a joint effort can be described with the adjective collaborative. People who collaborate are called collaborators.

Collaborate can also be used in a much more specific way meaning to cooperate as a traitor with enemy forces in one’s own country. This is much less commonly used than its general sense.

Example: The two musicians, who usually have very different styles, collaborated on the groundbreaking new album.

Where does collaborate come from?

The first records of the word collaborate come from the 1870s. It derives from the Latin verb collabōrāre. The prefix col- is a variant of com-, meaning “together.” At the heart of the word is labor, meaning “work.”

Collaborate can be used in any context in which people work together: art, business, education—the collaborative possibilities are endless. The word is often used to refer to a creative give-and-take, such as two artists collaborating to paint a mural, or to professional collaboration, such as three different departments collaborating on a report. It’s typically used in the context of some project or goal, whereas the word cooperate can be used more broadly.

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How is collaborate used in real life?

Collaborate can be used for many different situations, and is particularly associated with cooperative processes that are creative or artistic.



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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to describe a process in which two people successfully collaborate

A. independent
B. cooperative
C. joint
D. coordinating

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British Dictionary definitions for collaborate

/ (kəˈlæbəˌreɪt) /

verb (intr)

(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 of collaborate

collaborative, adjectivecollaborator, noun

Word Origin for collaborate

C19: from Late Latin collabōrāre, from Latin com- together + labōrāre to work
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