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.
to plot (something wrong, evil, or illegal).
- con·spir·er, noun
- con·spir·ing·ly, adverb
- non·con·spir·ing, adjective
- pre·con·spire, verb, pre·con·spired, pre·con·spir·ing.
- un·con·spired, adjective
- un·con·spir·ing, adjective
- un·con·spir·ing·ly, adverb
- connive, conspire
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How to use conspire in a sentence
There, they noted how stray molecules of water could conspire with salty ingredients in the dirt to create literally earth-shattering effects.Mars’s mascara-like streaks may be caused by slush and landslides | Charlie Wood | February 3, 2021 | Popular-Science
Those unschooled in the nuances of modern finance might be forgiven for thinking that a bunch of investors openly conspiring to drive up the price of stocks with the aim to profit from it is a case of market manipulation that ought to be illegal.
In September, prosecutors filed charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which can bring a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.Global Right-Wing Extremism Networks Are Growing. The U.S. Is Just Now Catching Up. | by Sebastian Rotella | January 22, 2021 | ProPublica
The charges filed against Gieswein on Saturday do not include accusations that he conspired with others to attack Congress.FBI probes possible connections between extremist groups at heart of Capitol violence | Devlin Barrett, Spencer Hsu | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
The proportions of your limbs, the stiffness of your tendons, and your movement history all conspire to make your knees unique.There’s a New Way to Choose the Right Running Shoe | Alex Hutchinson | January 5, 2021 | Outside Online
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
They plot, conspire and work hand-in-hand toward the common goal of Jewish domination.
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 | Zachary Karabell | April 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Later, when they venture out, rain and fog conspire to limit their view, even in unfamiliar surroundings.Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai | Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre | April 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The claims of its glorious Object, its own essential nature, and its design, all conspire in this.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
All shall conspire in favour of the church, which in the following verse is called Jezrahel, that is, the seed of God.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The enemy hates him bitterly, and would welcome an opportunity, would even conspire, to hang him.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
About that time he began to conspire with a view to restore the son of Queen Isabella.
Theologians tell and repeat to us that man is free, while all their teachings conspire to destroy his liberty.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
British Dictionary definitions for conspire
to plan or agree on (a crime or harmful act) together in secret
(intr) to act together towards some end as if by design: the elements conspired to spoil our picnic
- conspirer, noun
- conspiringly, adverb
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