[ kuhn-trahyv ]
/ kənˈtraɪv /
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verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·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·trived, con·triv·ing.
to form designs; plan.
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Origin of contrive
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English contreven, from Middle French contreuv-, tonic stem of controver “to devise, invent,” Old French: “to decide, agree upon,” from Late Latin contropāre “to compare,” equivalent to con-con- + (unattested) tropāre (becoming French trouver “to find”; see trover); development of vowel unclear
synonym study for contrive
1. See prepare.
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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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.
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
/ (kənˈtraɪv) /
(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 contrivecontrivable, adjectivecontriver, noun
Word Origin for contrive
C14: from Old French controver, from Late Latin contropāre to represent by figures of speech, compare, from Latin com- together + tropus figure of speech, trope
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