conspire

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verb con·spire \kən-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Definition of conspire

conspired

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conspiring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  plot, contrive

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 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 tradeb :  scheme

  5. 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

Examples of conspire in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of conspire

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


CONSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of conspire for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

conspire

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verb con·spire \kən-ˈspīr\

Definition of conspire for Students

conspired

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conspiring

  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.


Law Dictionary

conspire

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intransitive verb con·spire \kən-ˈspīr\

Legal Definition of conspire

conspired

conspiring

  1. :  to join in a conspiracy — compare solicit

Origin and Etymology of conspire

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



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