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.).
to form designs; plan.
- con·triv·a·ble, adjective
- con·triv·er, noun
- pre·con·trive, verb, pre·con·trived, pre·con·triv·ing.
- un·con·triv·ing, adjective
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How to use contrive in a sentence
This contriver of miracles, of a countenance at once sanctimonious, artful and sly, preceded other prelates carrying banners.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Black Will had been mutilated, and Walker nearly drowned, but "the close contriver of all harms" had kept out of harm's way.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
Who was John McDonogh, the maker of the foregoing will, and contriver of such a grand scheme of charity?
If I wasn't such a good contriver, we should look more like paupers than respectable people.Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Amphares, the chief of these, and the contriver of the plot, was one of the new ephori created after the deposition of Agesilaus.Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks | Edward Wortley Montagu
British Dictionary definitions for contrive
(tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineer: he contrived to make them meet
(tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaborately: he contrived a new mast for the boat
to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
- contrivable, adjective
- contriver, noun
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