Pronunciation: (ku-nīv'), [key]
—v.i., -nived, -niv•ing.
1. to cooperate secretly; conspire (often fol. by with): They connived to take over the business.
2. to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn; give aid to wrongdoing by forbearing to act or speak (usually fol. by at): The policeman connived at traffic violations.
3. to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually fol. by at): to connive at childlike exaggerations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.