collaborate

[kuh-lab-uh-reyt]
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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, 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

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collaborate

verb (intr)
  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
Derived Formscollaborative, adjectivecollaborator, noun

Word Origin for collaborate

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

v.

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

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