Connive

Definition of Connive

Con`nive´   Pronunciation: kǒn`nīv´
v. i.1.To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink.
[imp. & p. p. Connived (-nīvd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Conniving.]
The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye.
- Spectator.
2.To close the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by intention to discover an act; to permit a proceeding, as if not aware of it; - usually followed by at.
To connive at what it does not approve.
- Jer. Taylor.
In many of these, the directors were heartily concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and sometimes commanding; in all they were conniving.
- Burke.
The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule.
- Macaulay.
v. t.1.To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see.

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