Originally Posted by zaed_salah
collaborate was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.
collaborate (WORK WITH)
collaborate (SUPPORT AN ENEMY)
3 entries found for collaborate.
col∑lab∑o∑rate ( P ) Pronunciation Key (k-lb-rt)
intr.v. col∑lab∑o∑rat∑ed, col∑lab∑o∑rat∑ing, col∑lab∑o∑rates
To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.
To cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one's country.
Another source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
v 1: 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" [syn: join forces, cooperate, get together] 2: cooperate as a traitor; "he collaborated with the Nazis when they occupied Paris"
Ah, I think I understand now. You talk about the other meaning of collaborate , don`t you? Well, there are many many words in every language which have several other meanings.This is a very large topic and it is called Semantics. Take , for instance the verb "learn"
e.g. I have been learning English since 1989.[ it means I studied it and still do ]
I `ve learnt that you are not going to the mountains anymore.[ it means I undestand that/ found out that]