[ kuh-lab-uh-reyt ]
/ kəˈlæb əˌreɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. coliuria,
  2. coll' arco,
  3. coll-,
  4. coll.,
  5. collab.,
  6. collaboration,
  7. collaborationist,
  8. collaborative,
  9. collaborator,
  10. collage

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

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British Dictionary definitions for collaborated


/ (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 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 collaborated



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

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