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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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  • They were accused of conspiring to take over the college.
  • It was one of those days when you're convinced the world is conspiring against you.
  • Senators on the relevant subcommittee begin conspiring for and against him.
  • He pled guilty to conspiring to commit wire and securities fraud.
  • It makes no sense to him that the law should give him a life sentence for conspiring to cultivate marijuana.
  • The militants are preparing themselves and conspiring to take power.
  • The newspaper says he was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and of corruption.
  • Officials say he will be charged in a court martial with conspiring to topple the government.
  • They were later declared to have been poachers, and the park authorities were accused of conspiring to intimidate their families.
  • Second, rich countries are conspiring to keep their markets closed.
British Dictionary definitions for conspiring


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 conspiring



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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