verb (used with object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
verb (used without object), con·trived, con·triv·ing.
Origin of contrive
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
British Dictionary definitions for contriving
Word Origin for contrive
Word Origin and History for contriving
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.