Definition of collude in English:



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  • Cooperate in a secret or unlawful way in order to deceive or gain an advantage over others.

    ‘the president accused his opponents of colluding with foreigners’
    ‘certain officials were colluding in the avoidance of drugs tests’
    • ‘Just very recently a senior general was arrested because he was colluding with the insurgents.’
    • ‘In the shadows of the attempted murder was a Melbourne hit man working for Victorian organised crime figures, colluding with corrupt New South Wales police.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The situation is grave because the political and administrative machinery colludes with private companies to mint money from mines.’
    • ‘And when the parties collude in such a craven course, it becomes conspiracy as well.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Thereafter, they didn't need to collude or otherwise conspire to distort the market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Fourth and Fifth Defendants colluded in conspiracy to defraud for their own personal gains.’
    • ‘Plus, regulators will have their work cut out in making sure that grid and generator managers are not colluding.’
    • ‘Residential solicitors and valuation surveyors are colluding to ensure that the current unfair and expensive system is maintained.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nor can I understand why Governments would collude with producers who wish to hide where their products are made.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Assorted deadbeats such as myself are apparently colluding in a conspiracy of silence about parenthood.’
    • ‘Judge Marilyn Hall Patel is questioning whether the big five record companies are colluding to create a monopoly in their industry.’
    conspire, connive, intrigue, be hand in glove, plot, participate in a conspiracy, collaborate, scheme
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Early 16th century: from Latin colludere ‘have a secret agreement’, from col- ‘together’ + ludere ‘to play’.