Definition of Contrive in English :

Define Contrive in English

Contrive meaning in English

Meaning of Contrive in English

Pronunciation of Contrive in English

Contrive pronunciation in English

Pronounce Contrive in English


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1. contrive, design, plan, project

make or work out a plan for; devise

Example Sentences:
'They contrived to murder their boss'
'design a new sales strategy'
'plan an attack'

2. contrive, devise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent

come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

Example Sentences:
'excogitate a way to measure the speed of light'

3. cast, contrive, project, throw

put or send forth

Example Sentences:
'She threw the flashlight beam into the corner'
'The setting sun threw long shadows'
'cast a spell'
'cast a warm light'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of contrive
1. (transitive)
to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineer
he contrived to make them meet
2. (transitive)
to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaborately
he contrived a new mast for the boat
to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)

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verb transitiveWord forms: conˈtrived or conˈtriving
to think up; devise; scheme; plan
to contrive a way to help
to construct skillfully or ingeniously; fabricate
to bring about, as by a scheme; manage
he contrived to get in
to scheme for evil purposes
verb intransitive
to form plans; scheme

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of contrive
v. con·trived, con·triv·ing, con·trives
1. To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise: contrive ways to amuse the children.
2. To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation: contrived a swing from hanging vines.
3. To plan with evil intent; scheme: contrived a plot to seize power.
4. To bring about, as by scheming; manage: somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.
To form plans or schemes.

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