Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To act together secretly to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose; conspire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to act in concert with; to conspire

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To have secretly a joint part or share in an action; to play into each other's hands; to conspire; to act in concert.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To conspire in a fraud or deception; act in concert through a secret understanding; play into one another's hands. See collusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. act in unison or agreement and in secret towards a deceitful or illegal purpose

Etymologies

Latin collūdere : com-, com- + lūdere, to play; see leid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The U.S. Department of Justice says it has launched a new investigation into price-fixing in the industry, examining whether record labels collude to keep up the price they charge online retailers, and whether those retailers are in on the scam.

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  • It operates under a specific exemption for exports under Canada's competition laws allowing its three major potash producers to "collude" and coordinate sales outside North America.

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  • After a year and a half long investigation, prosecutors have been unable to provide an estimate of the alleged "illegal profits" that Chen was supposed to have gained or show how Chen could meaningfully "collude" with other defendants to alter county government documents.

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  • Dean Steacy denied in court that there was any collusion between the CHRC and their lone plaintiff, and one can see his point: who needs to "collude" when Mr. Warman enjoys open access to the system?

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  • But is it going to be a free market enterprise or are they going to kind of collude on what the prices will be, that's what the DOJ wants to ...

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  • In fact, the most dangerous pitfall you face when playing poker online is running into a table full of players that "collude" against you.

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  • What they're suggesting is, by breaking up Microsoft into two companies that would not be allowed to, quote unquote, "collude" with each other, that it would create more opportunities for rivals and for the customer.

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  • Those Russian tourists who visit Abkhazia and South Ossetia without Georgia's permission may be fined up to $1,200 and those who "collude" with the authorities of these two territories may face up to 5 years behind bars, Utiashvili said.

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  • But in a statement posted on the Islamists 'website (alemarah. info/english) on Thursday, the Taliban vowed to "collude" with no one.

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  • It's easy to understand why government ministers should feel apprehensive when investigative journalists and bloggers 'collude'.

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