What does collaborate mean?

Definitions for collaborate
kəˈlæb əˌreɪtcol·lab·o·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collaborate, join forces, cooperate, get togetherverb

    work together on a common enterprise of project

    "The soprano and the pianist did not get together very well"; "We joined forces with another research group"

  2. collaborateverb

    cooperate as a traitor

    "he collaborated with the Nazis when they occupied Paris"


  1. collaborateverb

    to work together with another toward a common goal, especially in an intellectual endeavor; as, four chemists collaborated on the synthesis of the compound; three authors collaborated in writing the book.

  2. collaborateverb

    to willingly cooperate with an enemy, especially an enemy nation occupying one's own country.


  1. collaborateverb

    To work together with others to achieve a common goal.

    Let's collaborate on this dictionary, and get it finished faster.

  2. collaborateverb

    To cooperate treasonably as with an enemy occupation force in one's country.

    If you collaborate with the occupying forces, you will be shot.

  3. Etymology: From collaborator, from collaborateur, from collaborare


  1. Collaborate

    Collaboration (from Latin com- "with" + laborare "to labor", "to work") is the process of two or more people, entities or organizations working together to complete a task or achieve a goal. Collaboration is similar to cooperation. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. Teams that work collaboratively often access greater resources, recognition and rewards when facing competition for finite resources.Structured methods of collaboration encourage introspection of behavior and communication. Such methods aim to increase the success of teams as they engage in collaborative problem-solving. Collaboration is present in opposing goals exhibiting the notion of adversarial collaboration, though this is not a common use of the term. In its applied sense, "(a) collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to accomplish a shared outcome."

Editors Contribution

  1. collaborate

    Work in unity and partnership with other people to achieve a vision, task, plan or goal.

    We collaborate with each other to achieve for the benefit of humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collaborate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collaborate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of collaborate in a Sentence

  1. Daleshontai Tate:

    It was a place where I felt welcomed, it felt really like the first time I could collaborate with other people.

  2. Christopher Painter:

    Having this annual discussion ... brings all the agencies together and it's a good way to take stock and make sure we're going in the right direction and thinking about how we can collaborate even further.

  3. Yoshio Ito:

    We have the sensors...But in the future we'll see technology that gets the data and informs the driver or sets off automatic controls, and those are areas where we don't have expertise, those are areas where we can collaborate.

  4. Lindsey Graham:

    I am not asking anybody to capitulate but I’m asking people to collaborate.

  5. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman:

    Choosing to take symbolic executive action on this issue instead of working with the legislature underscores his failures to collaborate.

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    brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
    • A. reassuring
    • B. aligned
    • C. urban
    • D. handsome

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