to cooperate secretly; conspire (often followed by with): They connived to take over the business.
to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn; give aid to wrongdoing by forbearing to act or speak (usually followed by at): The policeman connived at traffic violations.
to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually followed by at): to connive at childlike exaggerations.
- con·niv·er, noun
- con·niv·ing·ly, adverb
- un·con·nived, adjective
- un·con·niv·ing, adjective
- connive , conspire
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use connive in a sentence
I’ll be back, you can be sure,At latest 2024, and I will thriveIf I connive!Style Invitational Week 1463: Fork over some (new) spoonerisms | Pat Myers | November 18, 2021 | Washington Post
When they couldn't connive and consume they turned into black and white and had nothing left to live for.
They would never connive at this second sowing of the dragon's teeth of Cadmus.
Werther, however, did not abandon his enterprise, and even besought the judge to connive at the flight of the prisoner.The Sorrows of Young Werther | J.W. von Goethe
What was there astonishing in that King James, not wishing to shed your blood on the scaffold, should connive at your escape?A Romance of the West Indies | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for connive
to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
(foll by at) law to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
- conniver, noun
- connivingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012