Definition of conspire
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
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
conspired to replace the leader with someone more easily influenced
foul weather and airline foul-ups seemed to be conspiring to ruin our vacation
Recent Examples of conspire from the Web
The case against Liew is the first fruit of the federal criminal investigation into whether traders at some of the world’s biggest banks conspired to manipulate prices in precious-metals markets.
The federal appeals court in Atlanta has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard of conspiring against the First Amendment rights of the former head of Atlanta’s crime lab.
An elbow injury, bout of the shingles, loss of motivation and then last week, a virus that necessitated antibiotics, have all conspired against him.
Two defense contractors were sentenced in San Diego federal court to prison for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that had been earmarked to help wounded Marines abroad.
Michelle Morin was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest to charges of conspiring to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, felony assault, and failure to report a death in the May 2015 killing of 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz, of Worcester.
A federal judge says a lawsuit accusing the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders lacks evidence to support that claim.
Los Angeles Times Tarnished badge: Former deputy chief of the Fresno Police Department Keith Foster was found guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin and marijuana.
Government grants, foundation funds and universities with chairs for poets-in-residence are all conspiring to strengthen or at least amplify their voices in the world at large.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CONSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of conspire for Students
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.
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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