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[kuh n-spahyuh r] /kənˈspaɪər/
verb (used without object), conspired, conspiring.
to agree together, especially secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal:
They conspired to kill the king.
to act or work together toward the same result or goal.
verb (used with object), conspired, conspiring.
to plot (something wrong, evil, or illegal).
1325-75; Middle English < Latin conspīrāre to act in harmony, conspire, equivalent to con- con- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirant, spirit
Related forms
conspirer, noun
conspiringly, adverb
nonconspiring, adjective
preconspire, verb, preconspired, preconspiring.
unconspired, adjective
unconspiring, adjective
unconspiringly, adverb
Can be confused
connive, conspire.
1. complot, intrigue. See plot. 2. combine, concur, cooperate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conspired
  • Since then a succession of cyclones and slumping prices have conspired to jostle the crown from the vanilla king's head.
  • We've conspired to create an inflation in available manpower with degrees of doubtful value in the workplace.
  • And so the husbands conspired to design a sailing trip that would prove to us that a good time can be had by all on the water.
  • Meanwhile, life and the general mood conspired to compound his long position.
  • The prospect of radiation sickness and the images of flattened buildings have also conspired to evoke that period.
  • She had conspired with some part of her nature to become invisible.
  • Everything there conspired to constrain the weekend visitor.
  • Canary, though, conspired to buy funds after four o'clock while still paying that day's price.
  • No one has conspired to deprive us of power over the past few decades.
  • Both sides basically have it backwards, and have conspired unwittingly to foster a kind of legal free-for-all.
British Dictionary definitions for conspired


verb when intr, sometimes foll by against
to plan or agree on (a crime or harmful act) together in secret
(intransitive) to act together towards some end as if by design: the elements conspired to spoil our picnic
Derived Forms
conspirer, noun
conspiringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French conspirer, from Latin conspīrāre to plot together, literally: to breathe together, from spīrāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for conspired



late 14c., from Old French conspirer (14c.), from Latin conspirare "to agree, unite, plot," literally "to breathe together," from com- "together" (see com-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). Or perhaps the notion is "to blow together" musical instruments, i.e., "To sound in unison." Related: Conspired; conspiring.

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