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.

Origin of collaborate

1870–75; < Late Latin collabōrātus (past participle of collabōrāre), equivalent to col- col-1 + labor work + -ātus -ate1
Related formscol·lab·o·ra·tor, noun
Can be confusedcollaborate corroborate

Synonyms for collaborate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collaborate

Contemporary Examples of collaborate

Historical Examples of collaborate

  • 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.


    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


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 Formscollaborative, adjectivecollaborator, noun

Word Origin for collaborate

C19: from Late Latin collabōrāre, from Latin com- together + labōrāre to work
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Word Origin and History for collaborate

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

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