He must contrive to keep his family alive as he strategizes.
The Republicans contrive new ways every day to get less popular.
There are thousands of ways to contrive a weapon that's at least as dangerous a two-inch hobby knife.
That made me think, maybe they can contrive to do something similar on the mandate.
And the best way would be, to contrive some means of making her behaviour recoil upon her own head.
How on earth did you contrive to make yourselves look so horrible?
And when we learn better to enjoy ourselves, then do we unlearn best to give pain unto others, and to contrive pain.
His arms were bound, and before he could do anything he must contrive to get them loose.
What if, by some means or other, I contrive to get the jewel from the old woman?
Good reasoning this; but how are we to contrive so to govern the imagination?
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.