Contrive Definition

contrived, contrives, contriving
contrived, contrives, contriving
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 form plans; scheme.
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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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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


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