Definition of collude in English:


Line breaks: col|lude
Pronunciation: /kəˈl(j)uːd


[no object]
  • Come to a secret understanding; conspire: the president accused his opponents of colluding with foreigners
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    • 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.
    conspire, connive, intrigue, be hand in glove, plot, participate in a conspiracy, collaborate, scheme
    informal be in cahoots
    rare machinate, cabal, complot



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  • 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'.

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