[ kuh-nahyv ]
/ kəˈnaɪv /

verb (used without object), con·nived, con·niv·ing.

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.

Origin of connive

1595–1605; (< French conniver) < Latin co(n)nīvēre to close the eyes in sleep, turn a blind eye, equivalent to con- con- + -nīvēre, akin to nictāre to blink (cf. nictitate)

Related forms

con·niv·er, nouncon·niv·ing·ly, adverbun·con·nived, adjectiveun·con·niv·ing, adjective

Can be confused

connive conspire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for connive


/ (kəˈnaɪv) /

verb (intr)

to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
(foll by at) law to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)

Derived Forms

conniver, nounconnivingly, adverb

Word Origin for connive

C17: from French conniver, from Latin connīvēre to blink, hence, leave uncensured; -nīvēre related to nictāre to wink
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