<strong> <font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 20, 2021 is:</font> </strong> <strong>collude</strong> • kuh-LOOD • <em>verb</em><br /> <p><em>Collude</em> means "to conspire or plot."
// The two companies had colluded to keep prices high.
<strong>Examples:</strong><br /> <p>"Seven … maintenance managers were federally charged … with <a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilk">bilking</a> the transit agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by <em>colluding</em> with vendors to charge for goods that were never provided and pocketing the proceeds." — Thomas Fitzgerald and Jeremy Roebuck, <em>The Philadelphia Inquirer</em>, 12 Aug. 2021
<strong>Did you know?</strong><br /> <p>The Latin prefix <em>col-</em>, meaning "together," and the verb <em>ludere</em>, "to play," come together to form <em>collude</em>. The related noun <em><a href="https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collusion">collusion</a></em> has the specific meaning "secret agreement or cooperation." Despite their playful history, <em>collude</em> and <em>collusion</em> have always suggested deceit or trickery rather than good-natured fun.