The dealers connived with customs officials to bring in narcotics.
The guards were suspected of conniving at the prisoner's escape.
When you create a secret plan to do something wrong with a friend, this is an example of connive.
Origin of connive
- Latin cōnīvēre, connīvēre to close the eyes
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Sense comes from extension of “to wink” into “to wink (at a crime), to be privy”.