col·​lude | \kə-ˈlüd \
colluded; colluding

Definition of collude 

intransitive verb

: conspire, plot colluded to keep prices high

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Collude Has Latin Roots

Our English "lude" words (allude, collude, delude, elude, and prelude) are based on the Latin verb ludere, meaning "to play." Collude dates back to 1525 and combines ludere and the prefix col-, meaning "with" or "together." The verb is younger than the related noun collusion, which appeared sometime in the 14th century with the specific meaning "secret agreement or cooperation." Despite their playful history, collude and collusion have always suggested deceit or trickery rather than good-natured fun.

Examples of collude in a Sentence

The two companies had colluded to fix prices. accused of colluding to block the sale of the vacant land

Recent Examples on the Web

Some militia leaders in Basra accused protesters of colluding with the U.S., which has long worked to curb Iranian influence in Iraq. Fox News, "Iraqi activist shot dead in tense southern city of Basra," 25 Sep. 2018 Some militia leaders in Basra accused protesters of colluding with the U.S., which has long worked to curb Iranian influence in Iraq. Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Seattle Times, "Iraqi activist shot dead in tense southern city of Basra," 25 Sep. 2018 The American people deserve to know that Donald Trump wasn't colluding with the Russians, if, in fact, that determination has been made by the special counsel. Fox News, "Rep. Devin Nunes: Need to declassify Russia documents before election," 16 Sep. 2018 Whether or not Mueller ever finds a smoking gun that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia, this is already the biggest political scandal in decades. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Collusion or not, Russia probe is worst political scandal in decades," 26 Feb. 2018 The Left is colluding with big companies to roll back the Second Amendment. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Last Lockdown' statues part of gun-control group's plan to change minds in pro-gun districts," 15 Sep. 2018 Trump and his attorneys have grown increasingly hostile toward Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the possibility that Trump’s campaign colluded with a foreign adversary. Matt Viser,, "For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers," 14 July 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Russia has denied meddling in the election, and Mr. Trump has denied that members of his campaign colluded with Russia. Aruna Viswanatha And Del Quentin Wilber, WSJ, "FBI’s Peter Strzok Denies Claims of Bias in Acrimonious House Hearing," 12 July 2018 The meeting between Putin and Trump comes as the U.S. president faces relentless pressure over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia meddling in the 2016 campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded in it. Henry Meyer,, "Trump Gives Russia a Pass on Meddling as Putin Summit Scheduled," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of collude

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collude

Latin colludere, from com- + ludere to play, from ludus game — more at ludicrous

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English Language Learners Definition of collude

: to work with others secretly especially in order to do something illegal or dishonest

col·​lude | \kə-ˈlüd \
colluded; colluding

Legal Definition of collude 

: to agree or cooperate secretly for a fraudulent or otherwise illegal purpose

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