Definition of collude in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Cooperate in a secret or unlawful way in order to deceive or gain an advantage over others.

    ‘he accused his opponents of colluding with one another’
    • ‘university leaders colluded in price-rigging’
    • ‘Assorted deadbeats such as myself are apparently colluding in a conspiracy of silence about parenthood.’
    • ‘The Fourth and Fifth Defendants colluded in conspiracy to defraud for their own personal gains.’
    • ‘Even in a relatively open democracy, the state has a vested interest in the management of information and the civil service and successive governments collude to conceal secret crimes.’
    • ‘Thereafter, they didn't need to collude or otherwise conspire to distort the market.’
    • ‘The situation is grave because the political and administrative machinery colludes with private companies to mint money from mines.’
    • ‘This means what you think it means: the press willingly collude with the British government in keeping certain information secret that you really ought to know.’
    • ‘And when the parties collude in such a craven course, it becomes conspiracy as well.’
    • ‘Nor can I understand why Governments would collude with producers who wish to hide where their products are made.’
    • ‘Either way, I'd had enough of witnessing the destruction of my working class heritage, watching it being stripped of its dignity and worst of all, colluding in its own emasculation.’
    • ‘England left Paris with a comfortable victory and the French legacy was the firm belief that the world's English-speaking referees were colluding against them.’
    • ‘He concluded that the secrecy surrounding the deposits to be used as security amounted to the bank colluding in ‘tax evasion’.’
    • ‘Economists have the concept of a Nash equilibrium to explain the situation where a small number of competitors tend not to undercut each other, even without colluding.’
    • ‘Suspicions may be raised by the number of retailers selling a product for a given price, but how do you determine if they are actively colluding, or simply copying one another?’
    • ‘Judge Marilyn Hall Patel is questioning whether the big five record companies are colluding to create a monopoly in their industry.’
    • ‘Are we colluding with a culture which, according to popular belief, is forcing children to grow up into women when they should still be playing with dolls?’
    • ‘Plus, regulators will have their work cut out in making sure that grid and generator managers are not colluding.’
    • ‘He claimed the pair had persuaded him to invest in a joint venture before colluding with local police to convict him so they could take over his business interests.’
    • ‘Residential solicitors and valuation surveyors are colluding to ensure that the current unfair and expensive system is maintained.’
    • ‘Just very recently a senior general was arrested because he was colluding with the insurgents.’
    conspire, connive, intrigue, be hand in glove, plot, participate in a conspiracy, collaborate, scheme
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/kəˈlo͞od/ /kəˈlud/


Early 16th century from Latin colludere ‘have a secret agreement’, from col- ‘together’ + ludere ‘to play’.