from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise: contrive ways to amuse the children.
- transitive v. To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation: contrived a swing from hanging vines.
- transitive v. To plan with evil intent; scheme: contrived a plot to seize power.
- transitive v. To bring about, as by scheming; manage: somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.
- intransitive v. To form plans or schemes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
- transitive v. To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Fathers are fathers of the worst sort, such as contrive to keep their children in a perpetual state of infancy, that they may exercise perpetual and absolute dominion over them.
'em, an 'contrive 'em, both sides on 'em, all an' similar!
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.