- 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.
- to plot (something wrong, evil, or illegal).
Origin of conspire
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Related Wordscollude, connive, cooperate, tend, maneuver, wire, cabal, devise, machinate, contrive, wangle, hatch, confederate, cogitate, promote, intrigue, operate, collogue, join, conduce
Examples from the Web for conspire
The girls very much wanted to conspire with me to make that happen.Jamie Lee Curtis and Naomi Foner on What It Means to Be ‘Very Good Girls’
Jamie Lee Curtis
July 25, 2014
But ill-considered personal choices and the accidents of history always seemed to conspire against Marrero.Havana Bids Adios to Conrado Marrero, MLB’s Oldest Player
Peter C. Bjarkman
April 25, 2014
They plot, conspire and work hand-in-hand toward the common goal of Jewish domination.Pinkwashing: Another Conspiracy Theory
Alan M. Dershowitz
March 4, 2013
Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook did not conspire to undermine American labor and underpay Chinese workers.Latest Record Results Show Apple a Bigger Global Power Than Most Nations
April 25, 2012
From Tuesday, the Sun and Saturn conspire to raise your self-esteem and the status others afford you—they are one and the same.Your Horoscopes
Starsky + Cox
May 21, 2011
You don't suppose she'd leave me here to conspire with Susan?The Prisoner
After a silence he quoted: “Could you and I with Him conspire–––”The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
With all this in favor of the Southerners, all else seemed to conspire against them.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson
Edward A. Moore
To injure him, most of them had been ready to conspire with a tainted adventurer like Burr.A History of the United States
To terrify vested interests is to conspire against the State.The Gods are Athirst
- 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
Word Origin and History for conspire
late 14c., from Old French conspirer (14c.), from Latin conspirare "to agree, unite, plot," literally "to breathe together," from com- "together" (see com-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). Or perhaps the notion is "to blow together" musical instruments, i.e., "To sound in unison." Related: Conspired; conspiring.