collude

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verb col·lude \kə-ˈlüd\

Definition of collude

colluded

;

colluding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  conspire, plot colluded to keep prices high

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Examples of collude in a Sentence

  1. The two companies had colluded to fix prices.

  2. accused of colluding to block the sale of the vacant land

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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


COLLUDE Defined for English Language Learners

collude

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verb

Definition of collude for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

collude

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intransitive verb col·lude \kə-ˈlüd\

Legal Definition of collude

colluded

colluding

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



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