Definition of contrive
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.
: to make schemes
Examples of contrive in a Sentence
The prisoners contrived a way to escape.
He contrived a meeting with the president.
Recent Examples of contrive from the Web
To cut this dynamic short, Republicans have contrived the conceit that the choice facing their party isn’t between fixing Obamacare and replacing it, but between replacing Obamacare and allowing single payer—
By taking a mixed versus matching approach to light and classic denim washes, Hadid kept the effect from feeling contrived.
City officials have contrived to make repaying the loan hurt as little as possible.
It’s also easy to dismiss this as an orchestrated, perhaps even contrived, effort to alter an image.
The deliveryman would contrive a reason to sit down and put the pizza on his lap — and open the top to reveal his own tumescent penis, popping up through a hole cut in the pizza.
But when the songs stop coming, it would be so contrived to try and force it.
While both are played by capable, if not somewhat bland, actors, their love story feels contrived and underdeveloped.
Other events are less successfully contrived in service of a political point.
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: 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
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