A Word A Day : Collude

Monday, 19th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb )

(past and past participle : colluded, present participle : colluding, 3rd person present singular : colludes)

Pronunciation : koe-lood

1. To act together secretly to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose
2. To work out a secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end
3. To conspire in a fraud


Early 16th century - Latin colludere - play with - ludere -play - ludus - game


coact, cofunction, collude, come together, concert, concur, conspire, cooperate, coproduce, fraternize, get together, go partners, hook on, hook up, interface, join forces, join together, participate, team up, tie in, work together, work with, connive, intrigue, machinate, plot, scheme


disagree, divorce, part, fail, ruin, stop, waste

Contextual Example:

• If both parties collude to avoid bringing these divisive matters up, just getting gay issues on the national agenda will become a Sisyphean task.

• Bogdanos rages against academics and art collectors, protected by power and wealth, who collude and justify their acquisition of stolen cultural property.

Related Words:

1. colluder : Noun

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