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

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 on the Web So our locations team and our construction team had to conspire with Jim Powers, our line producer, and figure out how to get rid of that with the property owner. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2022 Marlene was remembering those evenings when Charlotte had gone round to conspire with the doctor in his bedsit, then come home and let herself into the flat so late, with such a guilty, heated, angry, happy face. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The change led the seven to conspire to kill members of Mexican Mafia and the Sureños, according to the indictment. Chron, 9 Apr. 2022 On the eve of our first full weekend of spring, all the elements, the everyday and the transient, seemed to conspire Friday to create scenes of environmental pleasure. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2022 Before wrapping his direct examination, the prosecutor asked Garbin if he or any of the other members were convinced by FBI informants to conspire to kidnap Whitmer. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2022 Some had torn anode tabs, others folded separators, but both could conspire to cause a car fire. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2022 The little pumper’s roughly 5 horsepower goes through a centrifugal clutch, the CVT and final belt drive, all of which conspire to give the Navi an off-the-line acceleration that is, um, gently progressive? Dan Neil, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 The trauma of loss sets in motion a host of reactions that conspire to trigger dysregulation of body systems. Akilah Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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.


intransitive verb
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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