connive definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To cooperate secretly in an illegal or wrongful activity; collude: The dealers connived with traditions officials to carry in narcotics.
    • To scheme; plot.
    • To feign lack of knowledge of or don't take steps against an incorrect, hence implying tacit reassurance or permission: The guards had been suspected of conniving on prisoner's escape.
    • To open and close the eyes quickly; to wink.
    • to shut the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by purpose to find out an act; to allow a proceeding, as if not aware from it; -- usually accompanied by at.
  • verb:
    • to cooperate with others secretly so that you can dedicate a crime; to collude
    • to plot or scheme
    • to pretend to be ignorant of one thing in order to escape blame
    • become a wench
    • encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
    • type intrigues (for) in an underhand way
  • verb-transitive:
    • To shut the eyes to; to disregard; to pretend never to see.
  • others:
    • To wink.
    • Hence To wink, or refrain from looking, in a figurative feeling, as at a culpable individual or work; offer aid or encouragement by silence or forbearance; hide knowledge of a fault or wrong: followed by at (formerly occasionally with on).
    • to stay key complicity; have a furtive or clandestine understanding: accompanied by with: as, to connive with one in a wrongful work.
    • To waive objection; become if pleased; acquiesce: utilized definitely.
    • To tamper: followed closely by with.
    • To shut an individual's eyes to; wink at; tacitly permit.
    • In biology, become connivent.

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