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contrive

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verb con·trive \kən-ˈtrīv\

Simple Definition of contrive

  • : to form or think of (a plan, method, etc.)

  • : to form or make (something) in a skillful or clever way

  • : to make (something) happen in a clever way or with difficulty

Full Definition of contrive

con·trivedcon·triv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  devise, plan <contrive ways of handling the situation> b :  to form or create in an artistic or ingenious manner <contrived household utensils from stone>

  3. 2 :  to bring about by stratagem or with difficulty :  manage <he contrived to win their support>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make schemes

con·triv·er noun

Examples of contrive

  1. The prisoners contrived a way to escape.

  2. He contrived a meeting with the president.



Origin of contrive

Middle English controven, contreven, from Anglo-French controver, contrever, from Medieval Latin contropare to compare, from Latin com- + Vulgar Latin *tropare to compose, find — more at troubadour


First Known Use: 14th century


CONTRIVE Defined for Kids

contrive

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verb con·trive \kən-ˈtrīv\

Definition of contrive

con·trivedcon·triv·ing

  1. 1 :  2plan 1, plot <We must contrive a way to escape.>

  2. 2 :  to form or make in some skillful or clever way <He contrived a small pipe out of the piece of wood.>

  3. 3 :  to manage to bring about or do <She contrived to get there on time.>





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