To contrive is to scheme and cause something to happen or to plan and invent something.verb
An example of contrive is when you begin campaigning to get people to do things your way and produce a desired result.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME contreven < OFr controver, to find out, contrive, imagine < VL contropare, to compare < com, com- + tropus, trope
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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