American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise: contrive ways to amuse the children.
- v. To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation: contrived a swing from hanging vines.
- v. To plan with evil intent; scheme: contrived a plot to seize power.
- v. To bring about, as by scheming; manage: somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.
- v. To form plans or schemes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To invent; devise; plan.
- To manage, by a device, stratagem, plan, or scheme: with an infinitive as object: as, he contrived to gain his point.
- Synonyms To design, project, plot, concoct, hatch, form, frame, brew.
- To form schemes or designs; plan; scheme.
- To wear away; spend.
- To make out; discover; imagine: as, what had become of him I could not contrive.
- v. To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
- v. To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
- v. To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.
- v. To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
- v. put or send forth
- v. make or work out a plan for; devise.
- v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
- Middle English contreve ("to invent"), Old French controver (French controuver), from trover ("to find") (French trouver). (Wiktionary)
- 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; see trep- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Do not the young men contrive great wealth what of their pack-straps and paddles?”
“Nor could it be otherwise that the young men contrive great wealth; but they sit by night over the cards, and it passes from them, and they speak harsh words one to another, and in anger blows are struck, and there is bad blood between them.”
“Isaac must contrive the same story many years later with Rebecca to save his life from Abimelech king of the Philistines.”
““If you could perhaps contrive to sit next to Miss Aberfoyle, that would be most wise,” Miss Milhouse was saying now.”
“Had I understood the means by which I could contrive my own death, I would gladly have used them.”
“I expect that the gate will be secured and that I will have to contrive some way to get through it, but when I press my hand tentatively against one side of the iron scrollwork, hinges creak.”
“Now I must turn it on the lathe of fate and contrive from it a weapon to save all.”
“I would prefer to go alone but I cannot yet contrive how to cross the Thames and make my way through Southwark without assistance.”
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