[ kuh-lab-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv ]
/ kəˈlæb əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv /
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characterized or accomplished by collaboration: collaborative methods; a collaborative report.
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Origin of collaborative

OTHER WORDS FROM collaborative

col·lab·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·col·lab·o·ra·tive, adjectiveun·col·lab·o·ra·tive·ly, adverb
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What does collaborative mean?

Collaborative is an adjective that describes an effort in which people work together (that is, one in which they collaborate).

Collaborative is often used in a positive context to refer to two or more parties successfully working together on a goal or shared project. It’s also increasingly used as a noun for an organized joint effort.

Example: The groundbreaking new album was a collaborative effort by the two musicians, who usually have very different styles.

Where does collaborative come from?

Collaborative is formed from the combination of the verb collaborate, meaning to work together or cooperate, and the suffix -ive, which is used to form adjectives expressing tendency, function, etc. Collaborate was first recorded between 1870–75 and collaborative soon followed, recorded by the early 1900s.

Collaborative can be used in any context in which people work together: art, business, education—the collaborative possibilities are endless. The word is usually used to describe the process of working together (a collaborative effort between two artists to paint a mural) or the result of such a process (a collaborative report issued by all three departments).

More recently, collaborative has come to be used as a noun referring to an organized group effort, especially one involving a community (a neighborhood service collaborative).

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What are some other forms of collaborative?


  • collaboratively (adverb)


What are some synonyms for collaborative?

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How is collaborative used in real life?

Collaborative can be used for many different situations, and is particularly associated with cooperative processes that are creative or artistic.



Try using collaborative!

Which of the following words could be considered an antonym of collaborative?

A. Collective
B. Uncooperative
C. Joint
D. Coordinating

How to use collaborative in a sentence