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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When language became sufficiently sophisticated, our ancestors’ ability to conspire led not only to a more peaceful species but also to a new kind of hierarchy. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 Specifically, 10 different individuals are said to have conspired to steal technology related to turbofan engines in commercial airliners. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "China state-owned company charged with stealing US tech trade secrets," 1 Nov. 2018 Javier Zarracina/Vox Women and health care — not to mention opposition to an unpopular president whose other policies have been bad for women too — have conspired to give Democrats a chance in November. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why Trump’s attacks on preexisting conditions are an attack on women," 26 July 2018 Two men from Rome were arrested Monday after allegedly using Facebook to conspire to kill one of their wives, cops said. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Cops: Two men conspired, threatened to murder one of their wives on Facebook," 28 June 2018 Across Europe — and especially within Italy — recent times have produced a series of bewildering, potentially expensive events that have conspired to replace a spirit of optimism with deepening concern. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Italy’s Economy Was Humming Nicely. Then Came Trump.," 22 June 2018 The findings in a state audit that uncovered evidence that indicates two former San Ysidro school administrators may have conspired to engage in fraud or misappropriate district funds have been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Audit findings related to ex-San Ysidro school administrators turned over to the DA," 16 June 2018 Elsewhere, however, circumstances were starting to conspire against Poland. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Days to Go - What if it Hadn't Rained During Poland vs. West Germany?," 9 June 2018 The country was founded, in 1903, on territory split off from Colombia; the U.S., which had conspired in the secession plot, began building the canal the following year and for decades largely controlled the government. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 2018

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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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