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Definition of "connive" []

  • To cooperate secretly in an illegal or wrongful action; collude: The dealers connived with customs officials to bring in narcotics. (verb-intransitive)
  • To scheme; plot. (verb-intransitive)
  • To feign ignorance of or fail to take measures against a wrong, thus implying tacit encouragement or consent: The guards were suspected of conniving at the prisoner's escape. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "connive" in a sentence
  • "Not sure what you mean by 'connive' as we have not been in government when these decisions were taken."
  • "I should have realized Belinda is too simple to deceive and connive."
  • "Negligent parents leave their children with uncouth friends, relatives or even strangers, who in turn connive with witches to kill the children for money."