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verb con·nive \kə-ˈnīv\

: to secretly help someone do something dishonest or illegal


Full Definition of CONNIVE

intransitive verb
:  to pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose <the government connived in the rebels' military buildup>
a :  to be indulgent or in secret sympathy :  wink
b :  to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding
:  conspire, intrigue <accused his opponents of conniving to defeat the proposal>
con·niv·er noun

Examples of CONNIVE

  1. <the principal connived at all the school absences that were recorded on the day of the city's celebration of its Super Bowl victory>
  2. <suspects that his coworkers are conniving to get him fired>

Origin of CONNIVE

French or Latin; French conniver, from Latin conivēre, connivēre to close the eyes, connive, from com- + -nivēre (akin to nictare to wink); akin to Old English & Old High German hnīgan to bow
First Known Use: 1601


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