Share this entry

Share this page

connive

Synonyms of connive in English:

verb

  • 1 wardens connived at offences in return for bribes
    deliberately ignore, overlook, not take into consideration, disregard, pass over, gloss over, take no notice of, take no account of, make allowances for, turn a blind eye to, close/shut one's eyes to, wink at, blink at, excuse, pardon, forgive, condone, let someone off with, let go, let pass;
    [Antonyms] condemn, punish
  • 2 the government had connived with security forces in permitting murder
    conspire, collude, be in collusion, collaborate, intrigue, be hand in glove, plot, participate in a conspiracy, scheme
    informal be in cahoots
    rare machinate, cabal, complot
  • Definition of connive in:

    Share this entry

    Share this page

     

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

    Word of the day prepotent
    Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
    adjective
    greater than others in power or influence