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[ kuh-lab-uh-reyt ]

verb (used without object)

, col·lab·o·rat·ed, col·lab·o·rat·ing.
  1. to work, one with another; cooperate, as on a literary work:

    They collaborated on a novel.

  2. to cooperate with an enemy nation, especially with an enemy occupying one's country:

    He collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

    Synonyms: abet, assist, join, collude


/ kəˈlæbəˌreɪt /


  1. often foll byon, 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

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Derived Forms

  • colˈlaboˌrator, noun
  • colˈlaborative, adjective

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Other Words From

  • col·lab·o·ra·tor noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of collaborate1

First recorded in 1870–75; from Late Latin collabōrātus (past participle of collabōrāre), equivalent to col- col- 1 + labor “work” + -ātus -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of collaborate1

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

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Example Sentences

The company announced this week that it is investing $250 million in an initiative to eliminate fossil fuel use across its operations and to collaborate with several research institutions to address related health problems.

From Fortune

Those who were exceptionally creative, did great work, and collaborated well with others went immediately into the “keepers” pile.

We got to meet and collaborate with founders in complimentary technologies like IoT and AI.

A tasks tab lets people set up notes, bookmark items, set meetings and alerts and collaborate with other people on their team.

From Digiday

While this has been a challenging situation for all of us, this time has also given us the opportunity to reevaluate and develop new ways of working and collaborating with each other and our customers.

From Fortune

“I was delighted to collaborate,” he said in the interview with Retro Report.

It also made it easier for people of different viewpoints to collaborate.

He was the first person to collaborate with Cuba after the trade embargo of 1960.

Another vital way to expand the pie is to collaborate with industry partners.

Kimberlin even agreed to collaborate on a book about his story.

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

The idea hit upon was to turn this jingoism to account in the adaptation, by making Disraeli collaborate with Sardou.

Almost immediately it was arranged that E. should collaborate and that we should do the book together.

Besides, we might collaborate in a play, and make more money apiece in three weeks than either of us earns in a fat year.

Grillparzer has left us an account of his attempt to collaborate with Beethoven on an opera in his Erinnerungen an Beethoven.


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More About Collaborate

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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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