- 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
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Examples from the Web for collude
Collusive labor makes it easier for employers to collude to extract maximum rents from customers.New York City Bus Strike: A Cosy Cartel, Running Out of Gas
January 17, 2013
Nor, Cortazzo said, did he collude with the geologist to rip off Roy.‘Sex Rehab’ Star Duncan Roy’s Jailhouse Blues
March 25, 2012
I argued that when markets are free, and when government does not collude with business, greed is useful.Fitting In at Fox
December 6, 2009
Associated words: collude, collusion, collusive, connivance.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
- (intr) to conspire together, esp in planning a fraud; connive
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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