- To contrive is to scheme and cause something to happen or to plan and invent something.
An example of contrive is when you begin campaigning to get people to do things your way and produce a desired result.
contrive definition by Webster's New World
- to think up; devise; scheme; plan: to contrive a way to help
- to construct skillfully or ingeniously; fabricate
- to bring about, as by a scheme; manage: he contrived to get in
- to scheme for evil purposes
Origin: Middle English contreven ; from Old French controver, to find out, contrive, imagine ; from Vulgar Latin contropare, to compare ; from com, com- plush tropus, trope
contrive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb con·trived, con·triv·ing, con·trives verb, transitive
- To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise: contrive ways to amuse the children.
- To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation: contrived a swing from hanging vines.
- To plan with evil intent; scheme: contrived a plot to seize power.
- To bring about, as by scheming; manage: somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.
Origin: Middle English contreven, from Old French controver, contreuv-, from Medieval Latin contropāre, to compare : Latin com-, com- + Latin tropus, turn, manner, style (from Greek tropos; see trep- in Indo-European roots).
- con·trivˈer noun