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
Recent Examples on the Web He also is charged with conspiring to send large amounts of drugs into the U.S. and using firearms during these drug trafficking crimes. Beth Warren,, "Who is El Mencho? He's the most powerful drug kingpin you've never heard of," 25 Nov. 2019 Rabago, who remains on restricted duty, and Reginald Ramones, who left the department in August, were arrested and charged earlier this year with conspiring to deprive a man of his civil rights. USA TODAY, "Bei Bei goes bye-bye, human compost company, Confederate statue whisked away: News from around our 50 states," 21 Nov. 2019 Brandon Greenberg, 27, of Phoenix, was charged Wednesday with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine, prosecutors said in a statement., "An Arizona man who allegedly mailed methamphetamine to homes in Boston and Somerville has been indicted on drug distribution charges, the US Attorney’s office for Massachusetts announced Thursday.," 1 Nov. 2019 By Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times Jane Buckingham, a Beverly Hills marketing executive who wrote a book on parenting before she was arrested and charged with conspiring to rig her son’s ACT exam, was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "California author of how-to-parent book sentenced to prison for cheating to get her son into good college," 23 Oct. 2019 The trio — Stephen Walter, Cameron Pettit and Ryan Reavis — were charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death and distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, according to an indictment obtained by NBC News. NBC News, "Two convicted felons, one other man indicted in overdose death of rapper Mac Miller," 2 Oct. 2019 Ortega, McSwain, and Terrazas, are charged with conspiring to traffic five kilograms or more of cocaine. Carol Robinson |, al, "5 arrested Tuesday as part of massive 3-year drug operation in east Alabama," 1 Oct. 2019 The Houston couple were charged with conspiring to possess heroin with the intent to distribute it as well as attempting to launder drug proceeds, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick’s office said Thursday. Michela Garcia, Houston Chronicle, "Former deputy constable, husband face federal drug charges," 26 Sep. 2019 Both men have been charged with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from a US company and could face up to 10 years in prison, the statement said. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Russia allegedly stole GE’s trade secrets and passed them off as its own," 5 Sep. 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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28 Nov 2019

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“Conspire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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


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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