verb con·spire \kən-ˈspī(-ə)r\

: 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

transitive verb
:  plot, contrive
intransitive verb
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
:  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


verb con·spire \kən-ˈspīr\

Definition of CONSPIRE for Kids

:  to make an agreement with others especially in secret to do an unlawful act
:  to act together <Events conspired to spoil our plans.>


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