Definition of collaborate in English:



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  • 1Work jointly on an activity or project.

    ‘he collaborated with him on numerous hotel projects’
    • ‘I once collaborated with Whalley on a book about the Eden Project and can vouch for his attention to detail.’
    • ‘Two laboratories collaborated in this project, one analysing bone marrow cells and the other analysing gut cells from the same animals.’
    • ‘He taught for a short period at the Bauhaus, and collaborated on numerous architectural projects.’
    • ‘For that project, they collaborated with Parker and members of her lab.’
    • ‘For a time Shahn and Evans collaborated on a film project, unfortunately it was never executed.’
    • ‘They discovered they worked well together when collaborating on projects for the same clients.’
    • ‘Fourteen of the region's agencies have collaborated to help develop projects.’
    • ‘Was Transverberations very much a solo project, or have you collaborated with other musicians during the creative process?’
    • ‘Sometimes thousands of miles and a few oceans kept them from collaborating on large-scale projects, but they remained in contact.’
    • ‘I collaborated with a music video director, brainstorming for storylines and visuals to go with songs.’
    • ‘We thank the Directorate of Health Services, Government of Goa, which has collaborated with the project from its inception.’
    • ‘She has collaborated with countless writers, activists, artists and institutions.’
    • ‘Mr Russell said more and more students were collaborating on multimedia projects.’
    • ‘Both had jointly funded numerous equipment initiatives and had collaborated in many research projects within the university.’
    • ‘He has collaborated with the Brazilian Landless Peasants Movement and with Bolivian resistance to a money-swindling dam.’
    • ‘He has also collaborated with many international musicians on their recordings, including maestro bamboo flute player Deepak Ram.’
    • ‘Finally, dietitians also saw their role as collaborating with physical activity professionals.’
    • ‘However, despite its limitations the Council of Europe became involved in many cultural, economic, and scientific activities, and collaborates with various other international organizations including the EU.’
    • ‘Future military operations will tend to require a military that operates jointly, collaborates with other agencies and nations, and flexibly exploits capabilities through agile thinking.’
    • ‘Carol King collaborated with the band on the lyrics.’
    cooperate, join, join up, join forces, team up, get together, come together, band together, work together, work jointly, participate, unite, combine, merge, link, ally, associate, amalgamate, integrate, form an alliance, pool resources, club together
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  • 2Cooperate traitorously with an enemy.

    ‘during the last war they collaborated with the Nazis’
    • ‘However, it is wrong to portray the women as innocent pawns, absolved of the responsibility of having collaborated with the forces of racism.’
    • ‘The Vichy government and those who collaborated with the Germans were seen as traitors.’
    • ‘Villages suspected of collaborating with the enemy - whichever it might be - were razed.’
    • ‘It also claimed that only a handful of traitors had collaborated with the Nazis.’
    • ‘Now, the guerrillas appear to be settling scores with people who have collaborated with the invading forces.’
    • ‘A group of monks, led by scholar Yang Fei, defend their temple against the renegade disciple, Shi, a traitor who collaborates with Manchu rulers.’
    • ‘But to enemies of a Palestinian accused of collaborating with Israel, it was an opportunity.’
    • ‘Hungary chose cooperation and appointed a government to collaborate with Hitler.’
    • ‘Why should a ruler obsessed with maintaining his power collaborate with some of his most dangerous enemies?’
    • ‘Is it a hiding place away from the prying eyes of Gestapo agents, or is it equivalent to collaborating with the enemy?’
    fraternize, conspire, collude, cooperate, consort, sympathize
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Late 19th century: from Latin collaborat- ‘worked with’, from the verb collaborare, from col- ‘together’ + laborare ‘to work’.