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con·nive

connive

 
 
pronunciation:
k naIv
grammatical pattern:
VERB + INFINITIVE
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: connives, conniving, connived
definition 1: to join secretly in a plot or scheme; conspire (often fol. by "with").
The policeman was conniving with the smugglers and sharing their profits.The disgruntled followers connived to overthrow the group's leader.[VERB + INFINITIVE ]
synonyms:
collude, conspire
similar words:
cabal, plot, scheme
definition 2: to ignore or fail to report a wrongdoing, and thus tacitly support it (often fol. by "at").
She connived at the cheating of her classmates.
synonyms:
wink at
similar words:
condone
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derivations: connivingly (adv.), conniver (n.)