- 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.
transitive verbcontrived, contriving
- 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 of contriveMiddle English contreven ; from Old French controver, to find out, contrive, imagine ; from Vulgar Latin contropare, to compare ; from com, com- + tropus, trope
verbcon·trived, con·triv·ing, con·trives
- 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 of contriveMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present contrives, present participle contriving, simple past and past participle contrived)
Middle English contreve (“to invent”), from Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (“to find”) (French trouver).