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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From January 2014 through October 2017, Mencia, and three members of his office staff conspired to perform sham consultations with cash-paying patients, investigators said. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Pill mill' doc who prescribed 1.2 million doses of opioids found guilty," 1 July 2018 Cersei and Euron Greyjoy conspired to fight whoever is left after the Great War. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Is Cersei Really Pregnant on 'Game of Thrones'?," 16 Apr. 2019 He’s accused of conspiring with a Marine friend to kidnap McGill’s civilian adult girlfriend near Vista on Sept. 5 to take her to Mexico, according to his charge sheet. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Charges at Marine unit include kidnapping, firearms, domestic abuse and more," 9 June 2018 Gypsy conspired with her internet boyfriend Nicolas Godejohn to murder Dee Dee. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Did Gypsy Rose Blanchard Make Money From 'The Act'?," 4 Apr. 2019 As the night deepens, stars, sea, and the light spill of Honduras far to the south conspire to set the searcher, the visitor, dreaming. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 In the film, Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and neurotic accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) conspire to make money by staging an epic flop. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mel Brooks' 'Producers' returns to movie theaters," 23 May 2018 In 2016, Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations. CBS News, "What to know about Tuesday's West Virginia GOP primary," 8 May 2018 After enduring years of abuse, Gypsy retaliated by conspiring with her Internet boyfriend to kill her mother and run away together. Glamour, "The Best True-Crime TV Shows You Can Stream Right Now," 28 Mar. 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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