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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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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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