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verb [intransitive] connive pronunciation in American English /kəˈnaɪv/ 
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he/she/itconnives
present participleconniving
past tenseconnived
past participleconnived
  1. 1
    to plan secretly, especially to do something that is illegal or immoral
    connive (with someone) to do something:

    The officials allegedly connived to take public funds for personal use.

  2. 2
    to ignore behavior or an activity that is wrong, or to do nothing to stop it, so that you seem to approve of it
    connive at:

    Such crimes are common and are often connived at by the legal system.

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connivance

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