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[kuh-lab-uh-rey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of collaborating.
  2. a product resulting from collaboration: This dictionary is a collaboration of many minds.
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Origin of collaboration

1855–60; < French < Late Latin collabōrāt(us) (see collaborate) + French -ion -ion
Related formsnon·col·lab·o·ra·tion, noun
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  1. (often foll by on, with, etc) the act of working with another or others on a joint project
  2. something created by working jointly with another or others
  3. the act of cooperating as a traitor, esp with an enemy occupying one's own country
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Derived Formscollaborationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for collaboration


1860, from French collaboration, noun of action from Latin collaborare (see collaborate). In a bad sense, "tratorious cooperation with an occupying enemy," it is recorded from 1940; earliest references are to the Vichy Government of France.

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