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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of contrive.


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  • If, on the other hand, you're capable of making sense of such postwar English novels as, say, Kingsley Amis's "Lucky Jim," then you'll have a pretty good idea of what's going on, and Mr. Gold's direction is so passionately precise that it contrives to make most of the rough places plain enough.

    Still Angry After All These Years

  • What ever man contrives or devises is an artifice, a thing of art not of nature, and therefore artificial.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • We left Rob well and I calld on Mr Evans, now Doctor Evans, who is totally lame from his chest downwards, yet he contrives to perform the duties of his school, and the duties of the pulpit too.

    Letter 362

  • But in today's secular society, Mr. Davies says, such an awareness no longer exists: The young, ignorant of history, enjoy a false sense of permanence, while our historians are too specialized to appreciate the ultimately fleeting nature of all that man contrives.

    Sovereignty and the Pitiless Passage of Time

  • It's the story of a lonely middle-aged widower who contrives to find a new love by staging phony auditions for a TV show, then dating the most appealing actress.

    Extremes on Screen

  • At the dreadful ending, when she contrives to escape him, one is hardly sure which one of them has betrayed the other.

    Betrayals Of Love

  • The intriguing "Phaedra" 2007 is only superficially about the Greek myth of Theseus's wife, who lusts after her stepson Hippolyt and, when he rejects her, contrives his death and commits suicide.

    Divided Inside, in Theme and Structure

  • Mr. Obama evidently lacks the je ne se qua to address the blatant economic lies that characterize the paraoiac interpretation of Marxism that contrives to hide behind God in the US.

    The Early Word: Obama Defends Economic Plan - The Caucus Blog -

  • Within days he contrives to drive a car while uninsured, start a relationship with another woman without notifying anyone, go hookey from his job and break the terms of his curfew.

    TV review: Public Enemies; The Fat Fighters; King George and Queen Mary: The Royals who Rescued the Monarchy

  • When Gloria, Vera's employer, gets a shot at the lead role in a high-calorie weeper called "The Belle of New Orleans" that also has a small but choice part for a slave, Vera contrives through elaborately silly means to audition for the part.

    Slaves of the Past


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