- When you and a friend get together and make a secret plan, this is an example of a time when you conspire.
- When everything seems to go wrong at once, this is an example of a time when it might seem like fate conspires against you.
- to plan and act together secretly, esp. in order to commit a crime
- to combine or work together for any purpose or toward any effect: events conspired to ruin him
Origin of conspireMiddle English conspiren ; from Old French conspirer ; from Classical Latin conspirare, to breathe together, agree, unite ; from com-, together + spirare, to breathe: see spirit
verbcon·spired, con·spir·ing, con·spires
- To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
- To join or act together; combine: “Semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, Cognac, and vanilla all conspire to intensify [the cake's] flavor” (Sally Schneider).
Origin of conspireMiddle English conspiren, from Old French, from Latin c&omacron;nsp&imacron;rare : com-, com- + sp&imacron;rare, to breathe.
(third-person singular simple present conspires, present participle conspiring, simple past and past participle conspired)