Con*nive" (?), v. i. [imp. & p.p. Connived (?); & vb.n. Conniving.] [L. connivere to shut the eues, connive, fr. con- + (perh.) a word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.]


To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink.


The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye. Spectator.


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.


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Con*nive", v. t.

To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see.

[R. & Obs.] "Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open allowed."



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