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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: conspirer, from Latin conspirare 'to breathe together, agree, conspire', from com- ( COM-) + spirare 'to breathe'

conspire

verb
     
con‧spire [intransitive]
1 to secretly plan with someone else to do something illegal [↪ conspiracy]
conspire (with somebody) to do something
All six men admitted conspiring to steal cars.
conspire against
There was some evidence that he had been conspiring against the government.
2 if events conspire to do something, they happen at the same time and make something bad happen
conspire to do something
Pollution and neglect have conspired to ruin the city.
conspire against
Emily felt that everything was conspiring against her.

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