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
Example sentences from the Web for contrive
But the contriver was not satisfied with his attempt to break the bones of the unfortunate person whom he thus entrapped.
But I knew not that thou wert the contriver of the ambuscade.Boscobel: or, the royal oak|William Harrison Ainsworth
These schemes miscarried owing to the impetuosity of their contriver.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
Whether the contriver or not of this spell, he was able to unbind it, and to check the fury of my brother.Wieland; or The Transformation|Charles Brockden Brown
Indeed the world, let me escape whither, and to whomsoever I could, would conclude him to be the contriver of it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson