- 1Make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act: they conspired against him they deny conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue ServiceMore 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.
- 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 situationMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French conspirer, from Latin conspirare 'agree, plot', from con- 'together with' + spirare 'breathe'.