contrive

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verb con·trive \kən-ˈtrīv\

Definition of contrive

contrived

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contriving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  devise, plan contrive ways of handling the situation The prisoners contrived a way to escape.b :  to form or create in an artistic or ingenious manner contrived household utensils from stone Native Americans contrived weapons out of stone, wood, and bone.

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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make schemes

contriver

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Examples of contrive in a Sentence

  1. The prisoners contrived a way to escape.

  2. He contrived a meeting with the president.

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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

contrive

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verb con·trive \kən-ˈtrīv\

Definition of contrive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONTRIVE Defined for Kids

contrive

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verb con·trive \kən-ˈtrīv\

Definition of contrive for Students

contrived

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contriving

  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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