from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
- intransitive v. To join or act together; combine: "Semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, Cognac, and vanilla all conspire to intensify [the cake's] flavor” ( Sally Schneider).
- transitive v. To plan or plot secretly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To secretly plot or make plans together, often used regarding something bad or illegal.
- v. To agree, to concur to one end.
- v. To try to bring about.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make an agreement, esp. a secret agreement, to do some act, as to commit treason or a crime, or to do some unlawful deed; to plot together.
- intransitive v. To concur to one end; to agree.
- transitive v. To plot; to plan; to combine for.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, to breathe together (with); breathe in unison or accord, as in singing.
- To agree by oath, covenant, or otherwise to commit a reprehensible or illegal act; engage in a conspiracy; plot; especially, hatch treason.
- Figuratively, to concur to one end; act in unison; contribute jointly to a certain result: as, all things conspired to make him prosperous.
- Synonyms To intrigue. To combine, concur, unite, cooperate.
- To plot; plan; devise; contrive; scheme for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
- v. act in unison or agreement and in secret towards a deceitful or illegal purpose
To "conspire" is when 2 or more people plan to do something.
“I would hardly use the word conspire to describe a harmless breakfast meeting, and I don’t think the party will be all that thrilled when they find out you’ve been spying on a senator, a congressman, and your secretary of state.”
The root meaning of the word conspire is "to breathe together," so it's no exaggeration to say that we're all in a vast conspiracy with the world's rainforests.
In the next section I will address why Assange thinks these closed networks are problematic, but for now it is important to stress that this is conspiracy in the sense of the original etymology of 'conspire' -- as in "breathe with" or "breathe together".
As in the original meaning of the word "conspire" -- to breathe the same air -- we conspire in the realities we breathe in.
According to the court's bizarre logic, Zaccari did not "conspire" to violate Barnes 'rights precisely because no one -- on record, at least -- agreed with his decision to kick Barnes out.
Somehow, things just seem to "conspire" to keep me away from certain things.
Geese don't "conspire" to fly south together, and yet there they are.
In particular, how lawless individual elements "conspire" to sum up into law-ful collectivities is indeed enigmatic and may in turn be inconceivable.
The most insideous deeds can be accomplished through “policy”, and the most bulletproof “I didn’t do anything wrong” way to conspire is to do nothing.