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conspire

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verb con·spire \kən-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of conspire

  • : to secretly plan with someone to do something that is harmful or illegal

  • : to happen in a way that produces bad or unpleasant results

Full Definition of conspire

con·spiredcon·spir·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  plot, contrive

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 a :  to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement <accused of conspiring to overthrow the government> b :  scheme

  5. 2 :  to act in harmony toward a common end <circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts>

Examples of conspire

  1. <conspired to replace the leader with someone more easily influenced>

  2. <foul weather and airline foul-ups seemed to be conspiring to ruin our vacation>



Origin of conspire

Middle English, from Anglo-French conspirer, from Latin conspirare to be in harmony, conspire, from com- + spirare to breathe


First Known Use: 14th century


CONSPIRE Defined for Kids

conspire

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verb con·spire \kən-ˈspīr\

Definition of conspire

con·spiredcon·spir·ing

  1. 1 :  to make an agreement with others especially in secret to do an unlawful act

  2. 2 :  to act together <Events conspired to spoil our plans.>





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