from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of working together; united labor, especially in literary or scientific work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of working together; united labor.
  • noun the act of willingly cooperating with an enemy, especially an enemy nation occupying one's own country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The act of collaborating.
  • noun countable A production or creation made by collaborating.
  • noun uncountable Treasonous cooperation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun act of working jointly
  • noun act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy that is occupying your country


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Originated 1855–60 from French collaboration, from Late Latin collaboratus + French -ion, from Latin con- ("with") + labōrō ("work").


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  • T.H.E.: 'A collaboration, after all, is a temporary liaison entered into for reasons of expediency - two political parties, for instance, might enter a collaborative relationship in a situation where neither can secure an overall mandate. This is very different from the longer-term fusions and crossovers of disciplines that occur all the time in the humanities without prodding or grant bribery.'

    April 16, 2009