verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
verb (used without object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
Words nearby contrive
Origin of contrive
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
Examples from the Web for contriving
But it would be better to be a mathematician than skilful in contriving Orreries.My Schools and Schoolmasters|Hugh Miller
George Godolphin, contriving to maintain an outward calmness, turned away when it was over.The Shadow of Ashlydyat|Mrs. Henry Wood
And so I was contriving to do all I could to guard against the latter.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
I have been lying awake nights contriving, but no suggestion comes.The Little Grey House|Marion Ames Taggart
Indeed, Moritz was never happy unless he was contriving some new pleasure for his darling.Mollie's Prince|Rosa Nouchette Carey