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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: conniver, from Latin connivere 'to close the eyes, connive'


con‧nive [intransitive]
1 to not try to stop something wrong from happening
connive at
He would not be the first politician to connive at a shady business deal.

connive (with somebody) to do something

to work secretly with someone to achieve something, especially something wrong [= conspire]:
They connived with their mother to deceive me.
connivance noun [uncountable]
We could not have escaped without the connivance of the guards.

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