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Definition of connive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they connive
    he / she / it connives
    past simple connived
    -ing form conniving
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  1. 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. 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.
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