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
2 : to bring about by stratagem or with difficulty : manage <he contrived to win their support>
: to make schemes
Examples of contrive in a sentence
The prisoners contrived a way to escape.
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
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