Definition of conspire in English:


Line breaks: con|spire
Pronunciation: /kənˈspʌɪə


[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
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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, 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
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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, join, unite, ally, join forces, cooperate
    informal gang up
    rare coact


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

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