[ kuh-lab-uh-reyt ]
See synonyms for: collaboratecollaboratedcollaboratescollaborating on

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.

Origin of collaborate

First recorded in 1870–75; from Late Latin collabōrātus (past participle of collabōrāre), equivalent to col- col-1 + labor “work” + -ātus -ate1

Other words for collaborate

Other words from collaborate

  • col·lab·o·ra·tor, noun

Words that may be confused with collaborate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use collaborate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for collaborate


/ (kəˈlæbəˌreɪt) /

  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

Origin of collaborate

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

Derived forms of collaborate

  • collaborative, adjective
  • collaborator, noun

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