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 for connive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Connive \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." --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Connive \Con*nive"\ (k[o^]n*n[imac]v"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Connived (-n[imac]vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Conniving.] [L.
     connivere to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con- + (perh.) a
     word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.]
     1. To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink. [Obs.]
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              The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously,
              and to connive with either eye.       --Spectator.
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     2. 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
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              To connive at what it does not approve. --Jer.
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              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.
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              The government thought it expedient, occasionally,
              to connive at the violation of this rule.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
      2: form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner [syn: scheme,
         intrigue, connive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "connive":
     accord, agree, angle, associate, be in cahoots, blink at, brew,
     cabal, coact, coadunate, cogitate, coincide, collaborate, collogue,
     collude, combine, complot, concoct, concur, condone, conjoin,
     conspire, contrive, cook up, cooperate, correspond, countermine,
     counterplot, devise, disregard, engineer, finagle, finesse, frame,
     frame up, happen together, harmonize, hatch, hatch a plot,
     hatch up, ignore, intrigue, join, lay a plot, machinate, maneuver,
     operate, overlook, plot, regard with indulgence, rig, scheme,
     synchronize, synergize, tolerate, unite, wangle, wink at

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