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verb (used without object), col·lud·ed, col·lud·ing.
  1. to act together through a secret understanding, especially with evil or harmful intent.
  2. 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
Related formscol·lud·er, nounpre·col·lude, verb (used without object), pre·col·lud·ed, pre·col·lud·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for collude

connive, plot, intrigue

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  • Associated words: collude, collusion, collusive, connivance.

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British Dictionary definitions for collude


  1. (intr) to conspire together, esp in planning a fraud; connive
Derived Formscolluder, noun

Word Origin for collude

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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