connive

  • 1 Connive — Con*nive (k[o^]n*n[imac]v ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Connived} ( n[imac]vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Conniving}.] [L. connivere to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con + (perh.) a word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.] 1. To open and close the eyes… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 connive — ► VERB 1) (connive at/in) secretly allow (a wrongdoing). 2) (often connive with) conspire. DERIVATIVES connivance noun. ORIGIN Latin connivere shut the eyes (to) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 connive — con·nive /kə nīv/ vt con·nived, con·niv·ing [Latin con(n)ivere to close one s eyes, knowingly overlook something]: to assent knowingly and wrongfully without opposition to another s wrongdoing; specif: to knowingly consent to a spouse s marital… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 connive — [kə nīv′] vi. connived, conniving [< L conivere, to wink, connive < com , intens. + base akin to nictare, to wink < IE base * knei gwh , to bend > Goth hneiwan, to bend, bow, OE hnigian, to bow (the head)] 1. to pretend not to see or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Connive — Con*nive , v. t. To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. [R. & Obs.] Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open allowed. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 connive — (v.) c.1600, from L. connivere, also conivere to wink, hence, to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + base akin to nictare to wink, from PIE root *kneigwh (see NICTITATE (Cf. nictitate)). Related …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 connive — [v] plot, scheme angle, be in cahoots with*, cabal, cogitate, collude, conspire, contrive, cook up, devise, diddle*, finagle, frame, frame up, intrigue, machinate, operate, promote, wangle, wire, work hand in glove*; concept 36 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 connive — con|nive [kəˈnaıv] v [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: conniver, from [i]Latin connivere to close the eyes, connive ] 1.) to not try to stop something wrong from happening connive at ▪ He would not be the first politician to connive at a shady… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 connive — UK [kəˈnaɪv] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms connive : present tense I/you/we/they connive he/she/it connives present participle conniving past tense connived past participle connived 1) to plan secretly, especially to do something that is… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 connive — v. 1) (D; intr.) to connive at; with 2) (E) they connived (with each other) to cheat her * * * [kə naɪv] with (D; intr.) to connive at (E) they connives (with each other) to cheat her …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 connive — con|nive [ kə naıv ] verb intransitive 1. ) to plan secretly, especially to do something that is illegal or immoral: connive (with someone) to do something: The officials allegedly connived to take public funds for personal use. 2. ) to ignore… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 connive — verb (I) 1 to not try to stop something wrong from happening (+ at): He would not be the first politician to connive at a shady business deal. 2 connive to do sth to work together secretly to achieve something, especially something wrong;… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 connive — intransitive verb (connived; conniving) Etymology: French or Latin; French conniver, from Latin conivēre, connivēre to close the eyes, connive, from com + nivēre (akin to nictare to wink); akin to Old English & Old High German hnīgan to bow Date …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 connive — conniver, n. connivingly, adv. /keuh nuyv /, v.i., connived, conniving. 1. to cooperate secretly; conspire (often fol. by with): They connived to take over the business. 2. to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn;… …

    Universalium

  • 15 connive — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [kuh NIVE] to conspire in a wrongdoing or at least look the other way. They connive to get what they want. SYN.: conspire, scheme, collude, plot, *be in cahoots with, look the other way, intrigue …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 connive at — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To pretend not to see: blink (at), disregard, ignore, pass over, wink at. Idioms: be blind to, close (or shut) one s eyes to, look the other way, turn a blind eye to. See SEE. II verb See connive …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 connive — [[t]kəna͟ɪv[/t]] connives, conniving, connived 1) V RECIP (disapproval) If one person connives with another to do something, they secretly try to achieve something which will benefit both of them. [V with n to inf] He accused ministers of… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 connive at/in — secretly allow (a wrongdoing). → connive …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 connive — [kə nʌɪv] verb (connive at/in) secretly allow (a wrongdoing). ↘[often as adjective conniving] conspire to do something unlawful or harmful. Derivatives connivance noun conniver noun Origin C17 (earlier (C16) as connivance): from Fr. conniver or L …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 connive — /kəˈnaɪv / (say kuh nuyv) verb (i) (connived, conniving) 1. (sometimes followed by with) to cooperate secretly. –phrase 2. connive at, to avoid noticing (that which one should oppose or condemn but secretly approves); give aid to (wrongdoing, etc …

    Australian English dictionary


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