Definition of conspire in English:

conspire

Line breaks: con|spire
Pronunciation: /kənˈspʌɪə
 
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verb

[no object]
1Make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act: they conspired against him [with infinitive]: they deny conspiring to defraud the Inland Revenue
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.
Synonyms
plot, hatch a plot, form a conspiracy, scheme, plan, lay plans, intrigue, collude, connive, collaborate, consort, machinate, manoeuvre, be/work hand in glove; abet, be an accessory
informal be in cahoots
rare cabal
1.1 [with infinitive] (Of events or circumstances) seem to be working together to bring about a particular negative result: everything conspires to exacerbate the situation
More 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.
Synonyms
act together, work together, combine, join, unite, ally, join forces, cooperate
informal gang up
rare coact

Origin

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

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