[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).
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

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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