An example of contrive is when you begin campaigning to get people to do things your way and produce a desired result.
Contrived a plot to seize power.
Contrive ways to amuse the children.
Contrived a swing from hanging vines.
Somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.
To contrive a way to help.
He contrived to get in.
Origin of contrive
- 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 trep- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English contreve (“to invent”), from Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (“to find”) (French trouver).