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.