conspire

[[t]kənspa͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]]
conspires, conspiring, conspired
1) V-RECIP If two or more people or groups conspire to do something illegal or harmful, they make a secret agreement to do it.

[pl-n V to-inf] They'd conspired to overthrow the government...

[pl-n V to-inf] Mr Farmer and Mrs Jones both admitted conspiring to murder her husband.

[V with n to-inf] ...a defendant convicted of conspiring with his brother to commit robberies...

[pl-n V against n] I had a persecution complex and thought people were conspiring against me. [Also V with n]

Syn:
2) VERB If events conspire to produce a particular result, they seem to work together to cause this result.

[V to-inf] History and geography have conspired to bring Greece to a moment of decision...

[V against n] But fateful forces beyond the band's control were to conspire against them.

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  • conspire — con·spire /kən spīr/ vi con·spired, con·spir·ing [Latin conspirare to be in harmony, to join in an unlawful agreement, from com together + spirare to breathe]: to join in a conspiracy compare solicit Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Conspire — Con*spire , v. t. To plot; to plan; to combine for. [1913 Webster] Angry clouds conspire your overthrow. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conspire — Con*spire (k[o^]n*sp[imac]r ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Conspired} (k[o^]n*sp[imac]rd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Conspiring}.] [F. conspirer, L. conspirare to blow together, harmonize, agree, plot; con + spirare to breathe, blow. See {Spirit}.] 1. To make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conspire — [v1] plot, scheme with someone be in cahoots*, cabal, cogitate, collogue, collude, confederate, connive, contrive, cook up*, cooperate, devise, get in bed with*, hatch, intrigue, machinate, maneuver, operate, promote, put out a contract*, wangle …   New thesaurus

  • conspiré — conspiré, ée (kon spi ré, rée) part. passé. Tramé par conspiration. Sa perte conspirée par des ennemis secrets …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • conspire — late 14c., from O.Fr. conspirer (14c.), from L. conspirare to agree, unite, plot, lit. to breathe together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + spirare to breathe (see SPIRIT (Cf. spirit)). Or perhaps the notion is to blow together musical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • conspiré — Conspiré, [conspir]ée. part. pass. Il a la mesme signification que son verbe …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • conspire — ► VERB 1) jointly make secret plans to commit a wrongful act. 2) (of circumstances) seem to be acting together in bringing about an unfortunate result. DERIVATIVES conspirator noun conspiratorial adjective conspiratorially adverb. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • conspire — [kən spīr′] vi. conspired, conspiring [ME conspiren < OFr conspirer < L conspirare, to breathe together, agree, unite < com , together + spirare, to breathe: see SPIRIT] 1. to plan and act together secretly, esp. in order to commit a… …   English World dictionary

  • conspire — UK [kənˈspaɪə(r)] / US [kənˈspaɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms conspire : present tense I/you/we/they conspire he/she/it conspires present participle conspiring past tense conspired past participle conspired 1) to secretly plan with someone to …   English dictionary

  • conspire — con|spire [kənˈspaıə US ˈspaır] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: conspirer, from [i]Latin conspirare to breathe together, agree, conspire , from com ( COM ) + spirare to breathe ] 1.) to secretly plan with someone else to do something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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