October 24, 2013
- conspire (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to agree secretly to do an unlawful act : plot2 : to act together
- How do you use it?
- "On Easter Monday the rain began in earnest. It was as though the elements were conspiring to ruin their short week of freedom." (Katherine Paterson, _Bridge to Terabithia_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "conspire"?"Conspire," "scheme," "plot," and "collude" all mean to plan something secretly. In order to "conspire" or "collude" you need a partner. Both words suggest secretly planning with someone else to do something harmful or illegal, as in "They conspired to smuggle the paintings out of the country" and "The two companies colluded to set unfairly high prices." If you want to "scheme" or "plot," you can act alone or with others. Both words suggest planning to do or get something in a secret and often dishonest way. For example, someone could scheme or plot to take control of a company, or a group of people could scheme or plot to do the same thing.