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contrive

[ kuhn-trahyv ]
/ k蓹n藞tra瑟v /
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verb (used with object), con路trived, con路triv路ing.
to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
verb (used without object), con路trived, con路triv路ing.
to form designs; plan.
to plot.
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Origin of contrive

First recorded in 1275鈥1325; Middle English contreven, from Middle French contreuv-, tonic stem of controver 鈥渢o devise, invent,鈥 Old French: 鈥渢o decide, agree upon,鈥 from Late Latin controp膩re 鈥渢o compare,鈥 equivalent to con-con- + (unattested) trop膩re (becoming French trouver 鈥渢o find鈥; see trover); development of vowel unclear

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1. See prepare.

OTHER WORDS FROM contrive

con路triv路a路ble, adjectivecon路triv路er, nounpre路con路trive, verb, pre路con路trived, pre路con路triv路ing.un路con路triv路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contrive

contrive
/ (k蓹n藞tra瑟v) /

verb
(tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineerhe contrived to make them meet
(tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaboratelyhe contrived a new mast for the boat
to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)

Derived forms of contrive

contrivable, adjectivecontriver, noun

Word Origin for contrive

C14: from Old French controver, from Late Latin controp膩re to represent by figures of speech, compare, from Latin com- together + tropus figure of speech, trope
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