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connive

verb [I]     /kəˈnaɪv/
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
(Definition of connive verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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