Definition of conspire in English:


Syllabification: con·spire
Pronunciation: /kənˈspīr


[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
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    • 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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