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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.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking 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.Allowing and permitting
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