Arkansas Basin Roundtable

It is the mission of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable (to be developed) ........................................

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Definition of collaborate

Jay and all,
According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary the etymology of collaborative is: "Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor"

I think what we are doing is well described by "to labor together."

It also lists the following three possible definitions of which #1 & #3 are applicable to our process:

"1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor
2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one's country and especially an occupying force
3 : to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected"

I don't think the second definition applies to us nor abrogates the functionality of "collaborates" as a good description of our process. I'd like to leave it in.
SeEtta Moss