Definition of conspire in English:


Syllabification: con·spire
Pronunciation: /kənˈspī(ə)r


[no object]
1Make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act: they conspired against him they deny conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service
More example sentences
  • They didn't lose their case because everyone conspired against them.
  • This type of public affirmation of the underdog was partly why his enemies conspired against him.
  • Before he died, he believed that his doctors had conspired against him.
plot, scheme, plan, intrigue, machinate, collude, connive, collaborate, work hand in glove
informal be in cahoots
1.1(Of events or circumstances) seem to be working together to bring about a particular result, typically to someone’s detriment: everything conspires to exacerbate the situation
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  • The circumstances conspire to make a sexual relation or a future together impossible.
  • As the scenery switches from Argentina to Chile to Colombia, events conspire to change our hero, as we know they will.
  • Each character is linked by more than just work, as hold-ups, corpses, missing children, affairs and other events conspire to alter their lives.
act together, work together, combine, unite, join forces
informal gang up


late Middle English: from Old French conspirer, from Latin conspirare 'agree, plot', from con- 'together with' + spirare 'breathe'.

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