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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
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of collude
Latin colludere, from com- + ludere to play, from ludus game — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 1525
COLLUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of collude for English Language Learners
: to work with others secretly especially in order to do something illegal or dishonest
Legal Definition of collude
: to agree or cooperate secretly for a fraudulent or otherwise illegal purpose
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