verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
verb (used without object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
- contributory negligence,
- control account,
- control board,
- control center
Origin of contrive
Examples from the Web for contrive
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.
But we could contrive something with rafts of light material.Roger the Bold|F. S. Brereton
The Sultan will without doubt buy you; contrive it so, that he may think I am a dependant of yours.The Princess of Ponthieu|Unknown
However just the comparison, I hope you will contrive to spoil it, and that your final determination will be to come.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
But how did you contrive to get it fixed so quickly, my kind, good boy?
I believe the lion-hearted king could contrive to get into rages sometimes.Heriot's Choice|Rosa Nouchette Carey
Word Origin for contrive
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.