Definition of collaborator in English:



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

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

    ‘he was a collaborator during the occupation’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It hardly seems credible that he is a secret collaborator of Al Qaeda.’
    • ‘Along with the Soviet units bearing down on Warsaw were Polish collaborators eager to set up a leftist government.’
    • ‘The collaborators can be as treacherous and deceitful as any of the collaborators in Europe under the Nazi jackboot.’
    • ‘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. "’
    • ‘Yesterday's shooting of the three suspected collaborators appeared to be revenge for Zalloum's death.’
    • ‘The fascists had threatened to "try" him for being a collaborator with left-wing guerrillas.’
    • ‘Croatian Ustasha and Albanian fascist and Nazi collaborators were smuggled out because they would face war crimes prosecutions.’
    • ‘Abed Rajoub is a Palestinian from Hebron who was also a collaborator.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, Palestinians elsewhere in the occupied territories meted out justice to a convicted Arab collaborator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the execution of Darazi and his collaborators, Hamza continued his preaching activities for two more years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He knows what happens to collaborators caught in the act.’
    • ‘It also called for strong punishment of secret collaborators with the communist regime.’
    • ‘The French state was ordered to reimburse the Nazi collaborator with court costs amounting to 30,000 euros.’
    • ‘Every day, the enemy takes more hostages, assassinates developing Iraqi leaders and savagely beats suspected collaborators.’
    • ‘These civilians went out in the night to bomb German trains, kill German soldiers and execute collaborators.’
    • ‘The visitors were suspected war criminals and Nazi collaborators which the Soviets wanted to prosecute for war crimes.’
    quisling, fraternizer, collaborationist, colluder, conspirator
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