What does connive mean?

connive meaning in General Dictionary

To close the eyes to to ignore to imagine not to ever see

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  • To open and shut the eyes quickly to wink
  • encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
  • type intrigues (for) in an underhand way
  • To open and shut the eyes quickly; to wink.
  • to shut the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by purpose to learn an act; to allow a proceeding, as or even conscious of it; -- generally accompanied by at.
  • To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend to not ever see.

connive meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from Latin connivere, in addition conivere "to wink," ergo, "to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy," from com- "together" (see com-) + base similar to nictare "to wink," from PIE root *kneigwh- (view nictitate). Related: Connived; conniving.


Sentence Examples with the word connive

None could be procured; the public passion swept everything before it; the patent was cancelled; Wood was compensated by a pension; Swift was raised to a height of popularity which he retained for the rest of his life; and the only real sufferers were the Irish people, who lost a convenience so badly needed that they might well have afforded to connive at Wood's illicit profits.

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