• (RP, GA) IPA: /kəˈnaɪv/

connive (connives, present participle conniving; past and past participle connived)

  1. (intransitive) Often followed by with: to secretly cooperate with another person or persons in order to commit a crime or other wrongdoing; to collude, to conspire. [from mid 17th c.]
    • 1844, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Drama of Exile”, in Poems. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 270767504 ↗, page 7 ↗:
      I might say, / That who despairs, acts; that who acts, connives / With God's relations set in time and space; [...]
  2. (intransitive, botany, rare) Of part#Noun|parts of a plant#Noun|plant: to be converging or in close#Adjective|close contact#Noun|contact; to be connivent.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) Often followed by at: to pretend#Verb|pretend to be ignorant of something in order to escape#Verb|escape blame#Noun|blame; to ignore or overlook a fault#Noun|fault deliberately.
    Synonyms: dissimulate, look the other way, shut one's eyes, turn a blind eye, wink
    • 1849, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter I, in The History of England from the Accession of James II, volume I, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗, page 36 ↗:
      A nation of hardy archers and spearmen might, with small risk to its liberties, connive at some illegal acts on the part of a prince whose general administration was good, and whose throne was not defended by a single company of regular soldiers.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To open#Verb|open and close#Verb|close the eye#Noun|eyes rapidly; to wink#Verb|wink.
    • The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye, and, in a word, the whole practice of political grimace.