Definition of collaborator in English:



  • 1A person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate.

    ‘his collaborator on the book’
    • ‘Writing in relative isolation, one collaborator would often not know exactly what the other was doing.’
    • ‘Cunningham's troupe is silhouetted, at right below, in a 1964 poster by artist Robert Rauschenberg, one of the choreographer's longtime collaborators.’
    • ‘Along with my collaborators, I have experimentally investigated that cost in bumblebees.’
    • ‘That said, I agree with Tom, who wishes Stan would be more aggressive in acknowledging his collaborators.’
    • ‘The sanctity of our collaborators rubs off on us.’
    • ‘Schleiermacher was Humboldt's chief collaborator in making the university a reality.’
    • ‘Instead many were executed by a select group of seven to ten workshop collaborators.’
    • ‘They are indeed looking for leadership, but on the more intimate, democratic level of equals - as partners and collaborators.’
    • ‘Up to this point in his career, the only heavy games Kramer had designed had been with collaborators.’
    • ‘His son Cornelis was a close follower and collaborator.’
    • ‘Loach's social-realist drama, written by his longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, is a distinctive, piercingly serious vision.’
    • ‘His collaborator, the Rev. John Sanders, was an Indian clergyman in Bishop Horden's diocese.’
    • ‘The stove itself was designed by John Hardman, another of Pugin's frequent collaborators.’
    • ‘Their extensive network of facilities, efficient administration and commitment to serving the poor, he thought, would make them ideal collaborators.’
    • ‘Any co-produced by Chinese and foreign collaborators will need official approval.’
    • ‘Cuttance and his collaborators offer nothing of significance to either advocates or critics of constructivism.’
    • ‘Yet he prefers the company of women, many of whom have become his long-term collaborators.’
    • ‘Regardless, I look foward to more from these collaborators.’
    • ‘Moreover, such training can provide a solid base that scientists can use to understand their collaborators' points.’
    • ‘Bottom of the Hudson is mostly the work of one man, Eli Simon, with assistance from regular collaborators.’
    co-worker, fellow worker, associate, colleague, partner, co-partner, confederate, ally, teammate
    quisling, fraternizer, collaborationist, colluder, sympathizer, enemy sympathizer, conspirator
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  • 2A person who cooperates traitorously with an enemy; a defector.

    ‘he was a collaborator during the occupation’
    • ‘The return of Soviet forces in 1944-5 produced a third wave of terror, with the Stalinist security organs conducting vast purges of collaborators, real or imagined.’
    • ‘Every day, the enemy takes more hostages, assassinates developing Iraqi leaders and savagely beats suspected collaborators.’
    • ‘The Frank family was harbored for two years by Dutch resisters before finally being betrayed by Dutch collaborators.’
    • ‘Roh has said those whose ancestors were collaborators wouldn't face punishment or have any rights restricted.’
    • ‘Yesterday's shooting of the three suspected collaborators appeared to be revenge for Zalloum's death.’
    • ‘After the execution of Darazi and his collaborators, Hamza continued his preaching activities for two more years.’
    • ‘It also called for strong punishment of secret collaborators with the communist regime.’
    • ‘Croatian Ustasha and Albanian fascist and Nazi collaborators were smuggled out because they would face war crimes prosecutions.’
    • ‘The collaborators can be as treacherous and deceitful as any of the collaborators in Europe under the Nazi jackboot.’
    • ‘The fascists had threatened to "try" him for being a collaborator with left-wing guerrillas.’
    • ‘Abed Rajoub is a Palestinian from Hebron who was also a collaborator.’
    • ‘These civilians went out in the night to bomb German trains, kill German soldiers and execute collaborators.’
    • ‘Along with the Soviet units bearing down on Warsaw were Polish collaborators eager to set up a leftist government.’
    • ‘The French state was ordered to reimburse the Nazi collaborator with court costs amounting to 30,000 euros.’
    • ‘The visitors were suspected war criminals and Nazi collaborators which the Soviets wanted to prosecute for war crimes.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, Palestinians elsewhere in the occupied territories meted out justice to a convicted Arab collaborator.’
    • ‘Turning Anne Frank into something approaching a Dutch patron saint downplays the fact that she was a German Jew who was probably betrayed by a Dutch collaborator. "’
    • ‘He knows what happens to collaborators caught in the act.’
    • ‘It hardly seems credible that he is a secret collaborator of Al Qaeda.’
    • ‘They are rounding up invasion forces and their collaborators in their military camps preventing them from putting their nose outside or moving around, and continue to inflict them terrifying losses.’
    quisling, fraternizer, collaborationist, colluder, sympathizer, enemy sympathizer, conspirator
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