Meaning of “collaborate” in the English Dictionary

"collaborate" in British English

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collaborateverb [ I ]

uk /kəˈlæb.ə.reɪt/ us /kəˈlæb.ə.reɪt/

collaborate verb [ I ] (SUPPORT AN ENEMY)

disapproving to work with an enemy who has taken control of your own country:

Anyone who was suspected of collaborating with the occupying forces was arrested.

(Definition of “collaborate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collaborate" in American English

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collaborateverb [ I ]

us /kəˈlæb·əˌreɪt/

collaborate verb [ I ] (WORK WITH)

to work together or with someone else for a special purpose:

Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborated on a number of successful musicals for the Broadway stage.

collaborate verb [ I ] (SUPPORT AN ENEMY)

to help an enemy of your own country, esp. one which has taken control of your country:

The Soviet government accused them of collaborating with Nazis in World War II.
collaboration
noun [ C/U ] us /kəˌlæb·əˈreɪ·ʃən/
collaborative
adjective us /kəˈlæb·əˌreɪ·t̬ɪv, -ˈlæb·ər·ə·t̬ɪv/

Several speakers talked of the collaborative effort put forth by business leaders, politicians and community members.

(Definition of “collaborate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"collaborate" in Business English

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collaborateverb [ I ]

uk /kəˈlæbəreɪt/ us

to work together with another person or organization for a particular purpose:

collaborate with sb A German company collaborated with a Swiss firm to develop the product.
collaborate on sth Personnel at Intel and MIT will collaborate on the study.
collaborate to do sth We are collaborating to design and build a vehicle that will achieve 200 miles per gallon.

(Definition of “collaborate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)