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connive

verb [I] uk   /kəˈnaɪv/ us  
to plan secretly and dishonestly for something to happen that will be to your advantage: Civil servants and ministers were accused of conniving with the company in the supply of arms to Sierra Leone. [+ to infinitive] They connived to break the school rules at every opportunity. to allow something bad to happen although you know about it: She had murdered or connived at the murder of one of her lovers. He called for checks to discover whether corrupt officials are being bribed to connive in shoddy construction.
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