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collude Syllabification: col·lude
Pronunciation: /kəˈlo͞od/

Definition of collude in English:


[no object]
Come to a secret understanding for a harmful purpose; conspire: university leaders colluded in price-rigging the president accused his opponents of colluding with foreigners
More example sentences
  • 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.


Example sentences
  • I grow impatient with the victims, the helpless, the colluders, the conformists, the irresponsible, and the pseudoinnocents.
  • That is why, when peacekeepers are deployed to enforce the cease-fire, they are usually viewed by the party that has lost most in the conflict as colluders in aggression.
  • We are helpless onlookers or colluders in all these happenings.


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

Words that rhyme with collude

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