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verb (used without object), con路spired, con路spir路ing.
to agree together, especially secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal: They conspired to kill the king.
to act or work together toward the same result or goal: The wind and rain conspired to strip the trees of their fall color.
verb (used with object), con路spired, con路spir路ing.
to plot (something wrong, evil, or illegal).
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Origin of conspire

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from Middle French conspirer, from Latin consp墨r膩re 鈥渢o act in harmony, conspire,鈥 equivalent to con- + sp墨r膩re 鈥渢o breathe鈥; see origin at con-, spirant, spirit

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1. See plot.



connive, conspire
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What does聽conspire mean?

Conspire commonly means to secretly plan with multiple other people to do something wrong, evil, or illegal.

Such a plan is called a conspiracy. Conspiracy can also refer to the act of making such plans鈥攖he act of conspiring鈥攐r to the group making the plans. The people involved can be called conspirators.

In a legal context, conspiracy refers to an agreement by two or more people conspiring to commit a crime.

Conspire can also mean to act together to achieve some result. This use often likens inanimate objects to people engaging in a conspiracy, as in I was on time until the traffic and the weather conspired to make me late.聽

Example: In the movie, supervillains conspire to steal all of the world鈥檚 bananas.

Where does聽conspire come from?

The first records of the word conspire come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb consp墨r膩re, meaning 鈥渢o act in harmony鈥 or 鈥渢o conspire.鈥 It comes from the combination of con-, meaning 鈥渢ogether,鈥 and sp墨r膩re, 鈥渢o breathe.鈥

When people hear the word conspire, they often think of shady people making shady plans in shady backrooms. The word typically implies both secrecy and evil鈥攑eople who conspire are usually up to no good and they鈥檙e trying to hide it.

A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event that claims it was the result of a secret and often complex and evil plot by multiple people conspiring together. People who promote or formulate conspiracy theories often reject the standard or accepted explanation of unexplained or unusual events and claim that they are the doing of evil conspirators secretly conspiring behind the scenes.

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How is聽conspire used in real life?

Conspire is usually used negatively. But it can also be used to refer to people working together in secret to do something that鈥檚 not so evil鈥攍ike when your friends conspire to throw you a surprise party.



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Several top-ranking officials were found to have conspired in the bribery scheme.

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British Dictionary definitions for conspire

/ (k蓹n藞spa瑟蓹) /

verb (when intr, sometimes foll by against)
to plan or agree on (a crime or harmful act) together in secret
(intr) to act together towards some end as if by designthe elements conspired to spoil our picnic

Derived forms of conspire

conspirer, nounconspiringly, adverb

Word Origin for conspire

C14: from Old French conspirer, from Latin consp墨r膩re to plot together, literally: to breathe together, from sp墨r膩re to breathe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012