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
If any of her work were turned into a screenplay, there would be no need to contrive sets or costumes.World class: Remembering legendary travel writer Jan Morris|Liza Weisstuch|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
Wonderful ingenuity has been shown in contriving a means to enable people to ascend the Wetterhorn Mountain in Switzerland.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
Before church time walking with my father in the garden contriving.
Now they were this day contriving to get her presently to marry one Hayes that was there, and I did seem to persuade her to it.
My thoughts had been almost entirely occupied in contriving means to get into prison.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
Rash young creatures, elder of them hardly above five-and-twenty yet: not good at contriving measures.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle