conspire

verb
con·​spire | \ kən-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce conspire (audio) \
conspired; conspiring

Definition of conspire

intransitive verb

1a : 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 conspired to monopolize and restrict trade
b : scheme
2 : to act in harmony toward a common end Circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts. … the sun and the wind conspired to make splinters out of solid wood.— B. J. Oliphant

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Examples of conspire in a Sentence

conspired to replace the leader with someone more easily influenced foul weather and airline foul-ups seemed to be conspiring to ruin our vacation

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Real-world events conspired to create more demand for leftist content. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 The allegations were Meselhe, a preeminent scientist in his field, conspired with his colleague Hu to illegally download a computer model that forecasts changes to the Mississippi River delta. Beau Evans, nola.com, "Should technology to save the coast be available to everyone? A scientist facing charges thinks so," 28 June 2019 On the high seas, huge, unmonitored ships and underfunded coast guards conspire to destroy our oceans. John Konrad, BostonGlobe.com, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 Unfortunately a host of factors conspired to take down this once mighty festival and it was unceremoniously dissolved, left to fade into the state’s musical lore. Chip Mccabe, courant.com, "The Rose Arts Festival: Music all day, music all night, and so much in between. All of it free.," 24 June 2019 Geography, ocean currents and weather patterns conspire at this time of the year to cause overcast mornings and occasional coastal drizzle. Paul Duginski, latimes.com, "What causes dreary, gray June gloom?," 21 June 2019 Mount Everest traffic jam Circumstances seemingly conspired against the local adventurer. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Mount Everest summit was within sight. Why did University of Cincinnati grad stop?," 16 June 2019 In the 2016 presidential election, by contrast, neither Mr. Trump, his campaign nor his aides conspired with the Russians to meddle with the election. Karl Rove, WSJ, "John Dean’s Watergate Business Model," 12 June 2019 But prosecutors maintained the men were not in distress and Warren conspired to transport and harbor them at a property used for providing aid to migrants in an Arizona town near the U.S.-Mexico border. NBC News, "Jury deadlocks in case of Arizona border activist charged after helping migrants," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of conspire

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for conspire

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

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conspire

verb

English Language Learners 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

conspire

verb
con·​spire | \ kən-ˈspīr How to pronounce conspire (audio) \
conspired; conspiring

Kids Definition of conspire

1 : to make an agreement with others especially in secret to do an unlawful act
2 : to act together Events conspired to spoil our plans.
con·​spire | \ kən-ˈspīr How to pronounce conspire (audio) \
conspired; conspiring

Legal Definition of conspire

: to join in a conspiracy — compare solicit

History and Etymology for conspire

Latin conspirare to be in harmony, to join in an unlawful agreement, from com- together + spirare to breathe

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