Definition of conspire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    conspire

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈspaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspaɪər//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conspire
    BrE BrE//kənˈspaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspaɪər//
     
    he / she / it conspires
    BrE BrE//kənˈspaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspaɪərz//
     
    past simple conspired
    BrE BrE//kənˈspaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspaɪərd//
     
    past participle conspired
    BrE BrE//kənˈspaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspaɪərd//
     
    -ing form conspiring
    BrE BrE//kənˈspaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspaɪərɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime, Terrorism
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to secretly plan with other people to do something illegal or harmful conspire (with somebody) (against somebody) They were accused of conspiring against the king. conspire (together) (to do something) They deny conspiring together to smuggle drugs. conspire (with somebody) (to do something) She admitted conspiring with her lover to murder her husband. See related entries: Committing crime, Terrorism
  2. 2[intransitive] (of events) to seem to work together to make something bad happen conspire against somebody/something Circumstances had conspired against them. conspire to do something Everything conspired to make her life a misery. See related entries: Terrorism
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French conspirer, from Latin conspirare ‘agree, plot’, from con- ‘together with’ + spirare ‘breathe’.
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