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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.
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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Examples from the web for colluding
  • It won't keep boards of directors and top management from colluding to expropriate their shareholders.
  • Police have even been accused of colluding with radicals in local extortion and thuggery rackets.
  • Smuggling routes snake around the globe, with facilitators and customers colluding to commit crimes.
  • For example, if two vendors alternate as high and low bidders, they may be colluding.
  • Thank you for colluding with me to let children be children this summer.
  • Alternatively, charging fewer prices may allow colluding firms to more easily detect cheating.
British Dictionary definitions for colluding


(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 colluding



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

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