- 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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Related Words for colludercollaborator, traitor, accomplice, plotter, sympathizer, deserter, double-crosser, turncoat, betrayer, defector, Judas, two-timer, subversive, highbinder, colluder, backstabber
- (intr) to conspire together, esp in planning a fraud; connive
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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1520s, from Latin colludere "act collusively," literally "to play with" (see collusion). Related: Colluded; colluding.
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