AskDefine | Define conspire

Dictionary Definition



1 engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government" [syn: cabal, complot, conjure, machinate]
2 act in unison or agreement and in secret towards a deceitful or illegal purpose; "The two companies conspired to cause the value of the stock to fall" [syn: collude]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin con-, combining form of cum, with, + spirare, breathe; literally breathe with



  1. To secretly plot or make plans together, often used regarding something bad or illegal.
  2. To try to make things go a certain way.
    There's no use to conspire a good mark from him.


to secretly plot
to try to make things go a certain way

Extensive Definition

Conspiracy may refer to a alternative version or plot to a story:

Types of conspiracies

  • Cabal, an association between religious, political, or tribal officials to further their own ends, usually by intrigue
  • Conspiracy (civil), agreement between persons to break the law in the future
  • Conspiracy (crime), agreement between persons to break the law in the future, in some cases having committed an act to further that agreement
  • Conspiracy (political), a plot to overthrow a government or other power

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Other meanings

conspire in German: Verschwörung
conspire in Spanish: Conspiración
conspire in French: Conspiration
conspire in Dutch: Samenzwering
conspire in Finnish: Salaliitto
conspire in Swedish: Konspiration

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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