“The colluding cats carried out a crafty plan to have the dog sent out of the house.”
What is the best definition of collude?
Collude (verb) – to cooperate secretly with the intention to defraud or deceive
Collusion (noun) – secret cooperation in order to defraud or deceive
GRE pro tips:
If you simply look at its roots – col (“together”) and lud (“to play”) – collude means to play together. And while it is true that the “play” in collude can be taken to mean acting, there is very little sense of playfulness in the word collude. When two or more people collude, they act together to do defraud others or to perform illegal activities. For instance, two individuals may collude to frame a third, innocent party, or a company may collude with its competitors to illegally “fix prices” and increase profits.
“Government officials are often suspected of colluding with their financial supporters to place their interests ahead of those of the general population.”
“The colonel was arrested for high treason when it was discovered that he had colluded with the enemy.”