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Conspire vs. Cooperate — What's the Difference?

Conspire vs. Cooperate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Conspire and Cooperate

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Conspire

To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
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Cooperate

Work jointly towards the same end
Staff need to cooperate with each other
The leaders promised to cooperate in ending the civil war
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Conspire

To join or act together; combine
"Semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, Cognac, and vanilla all conspire to intensify [the cake's] flavor" (Sally Schneider).
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Cooperate

To work or act together toward a common end or purpose.
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Conspire

To plan or plot secretly.
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Cooperate

To acquiesce willingly; be compliant
Asked the child to cooperate and go to bed.
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Conspire

(intransitive) To secretly plot or make plans together, often with the intention to bring bad or illegal results.
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Cooperate

To form an association for common, usually economic, benefit
When buyers cooperate, they can make large wholesale purchases at a discount.
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Conspire

(intransitive) To agree, to concur to one end.
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Cooperate

(intransitive) To work or act together, especially for a common purpose or benefit.
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Conspire

(transitive) To work together to bring about.
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Cooperate

(intransitive) To allow for mutual unobstructed action
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Conspire

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.
They conspired against [Joseph] to slay him.
You have conspired against our royal person,Joined with an enemy proclaimed.
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Cooperate

(intransitive) To function in harmony, side by side
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Conspire

To concur to one end; to agree.
The press, the pulpit, and the stageConspire to censure and expose our age.
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Cooperate

(intransitive) To engage in economic cooperation.
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Conspire

To plot; to plan; to combine for.
Angry clouds conspire your overthrow.
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Cooperate

To act or operate jointly with another or others; to concur in action, effort, or effect.
Whate'er coöperates to the common mirth.
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Conspire

Engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together;
They conspired to overthrow the government
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Cooperate

Work together on a common enterprise of project;
The soprano and the pianist did not get together very well
We joined forces with another research group
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Conspire

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
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