verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
verb (used without object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM contrivecon·triv·a·ble, adjectivecon·triv·er, nounpre·con·trive, verb, pre·con·trived, pre·con·triv·ing.un·con·triv·ing, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for contrive
So we’re not going to snipe at Axios’s efforts to contrive a workaround for McCammond.
There are thousands of ways to contrive a weapon that's at least as dangerous a two-inch hobby knife.TSA Says Yes to Small Knives, Then No—What’s the Problem?|Patrick Smith|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He must contrive to keep his family alive as he strategizes.Turning to Tolstoy’s ‘Hadji Murat’ as Boston Locked Down|Liesl Schillinger|April 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Republicans contrive new ways every day to get less popular.
That made me think, maybe they can contrive to do something similar on the mandate.
Everybody understands that politicians contrive photo opportunities in which they can perform "care" and "concern."
If any one of the parts should be lost or broken, it would require some ability in that country to contrive a substitute.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
You generally contrive to make yourself useful to your father in one way or another.Elsie's Vacation and After Events|Martha Finley
I knew too well that if I took any legal measures, he would contrive to shift the whole burden of lunacy upon me.The Talking Horse|F. Anstey
The cabin instantly obeyed them, and they having entered it began to consult how they should contrive to live there.The Story of Yvashka with the Bear's Ear|Anonymous
Our great object was, as the reader will naturally suppose, to contrive some way of escape.