- To conspire is to work together and secret plans, or that events are happening that seem to lead to a particular situation or result.
- 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.
intransitive verbconspired, conspiring
- to plan and act together secretly, esp. in order to commit a crime
- to combine or work together for any purpose or 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 cōnspīrāre : com-, com- + spīrāre, to breathe.
(third-person singular simple present conspires, present participle conspiring, simple past and past participle conspired)