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[kuh-lood] /kəˈlud/
verb (used without object), colluded, colluding.
to act together through a secret understanding, especially with evil or harmful intent.
to conspire in a fraud.
Origin of collude
1515-25; (< Middle French) < Latin collūdere to play together, equivalent to col- col-1 + lūdere to play
Related forms
colluder, noun
precollude, verb (used without object), precolluded, precolluding. Unabridged
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  • They will collude and conspire to conceal the truth.
  • Males collude with their peers as a way of stealing fertile females from competing dolphin bands.
  • But when parents and test prep companies collude to game the system, it's business as usual.
  • In this high-margin segment, two or three multinationals usually dominate-and can easily manipulate prices if they collude.
  • But, if pilots were not screened, they could collude with someone else to bring forbidden items behind the sterile area.
  • Not only can they collude to raise the pot and drive out other players, but they can share the contents of their hands.
  • To acknowledge the reality of fear is not necessarily to collude with it.
  • In many cases, private real estate companies collude with officials to clear and develop the land as quickly as possible.
  • Cells further collude as organs, and organs pool their talents and become bodies.
  • Unfortunately here these two sentences collude in their confusion.
British Dictionary definitions for collude


(intransitive) to conspire together, esp in planning a fraud; connive
Derived Forms
colluder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin collūdere, literally: to play together, hence, conspire together, from com- together + lūdere to play
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Word Origin and History for collude

1520s, from Latin colludere "act collusively," literally "to play with" (see collusion). Related: Colluded; colluding.

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