Contrive meaning

kən-trīv
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.

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To plan with evil intent; scheme.

Contrived a plot to seize power.

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To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise.

Contrive ways to amuse the children.

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To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation.

Contrived a swing from hanging vines.

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To bring about, as by scheming; manage.

Somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.

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To form plans or schemes.
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To think up; devise; scheme; plan.

To contrive a way to help.

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To construct skillfully or ingeniously; fabricate.
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To bring about, as by a scheme; manage.

He contrived to get in.

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To scheme for evil purposes.
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To form plans; scheme.
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To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
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To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
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To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
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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).

    From Wiktionary