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Definition of connive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    connive

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪv//
     
    (formal, disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they connive
    BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪv//
     
    he / she / it connives
    BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪvz//
     
    past simple connived
    BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪvd//
     
    past participle connived
    BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪvd//
     
    -ing form conniving
    BrE BrE//kəˈnaɪvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈnaɪvɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[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.
  2. 2[intransitive] connive (with somebody) (to do something) to work together with somebody to do something wrong or illegal synonym conspire The government was accused of having connived with the security forces to permit murder.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.
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