- 1[intransitive] connive (with somebody) (to do something) to work together with someone to do something wrong or illegal synonym conspire The government was accused of having connived with the security forces to permit murder.
- 2[intransitive] connive at/in something to seem to allow something wrong to happen She knew that if she said nothing she would be conniving in an injustice.
NAmE//kəˈnaɪv//(disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they connive
he / she / it connives
past simple connived
-ing form conniving