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conniveverb [I]

uk   us   /kəˈnaɪv/
to ​plansecretly and ​dishonestly for something to ​happen that will be to ​youradvantage: Officials were ​accused of conniving with the ​company in the ​supply of ​arms to Sierra Leone. [+ to infinitive] They connived tobreak the ​schoolrules at every ​opportunity. to ​allow something ​bad to ​happenalthough you ​know about it: She had ​murdered or connived at the ​murder of one of her ​lovers. He called for an ​independentinvestigation to ​find out whether ​corruptofficials are being ​bribed to connive inshoddyconstruction.
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