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con·trive

 (kən-trīv′)
v. con·trived, con·triv·ing, con·trives
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To form plans or schemes.

[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).]

con·triv′er n.

contrive

(kənˈtraɪv)
vb
1. (tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineer: he contrived to make them meet.
2. (tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaborately: he contrived a new mast for the boat.
3. to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
[C14: from Old French controver, from Late Latin contropāre to represent by figures of speech, compare, from Latin com- together + tropus figure of speech, trope]
conˈtrivable adj
conˈtriver n

con•trive

(kənˈtraɪv)

v. -trived, -triv•ing. v.t.
1. to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: to contrive a means of escape.
2. to bring about by a plan, scheme, etc.; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
3. to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
v.i.
4. to form designs; plan.
5. to plot.
[1275–1325; < Middle French contreuv-, tonic s. of controver to devise, invent, Old French: to decide, agree upon < Late Latin contropāre to compare = con- + *tropāre (> French trouver to find)]
con•triv′a•ble, adj.
con•triv′er, n.

contrive


Past participle: contrived
Gerund: contriving

Imperative
contrive
contrive
Present
I contrive
you contrive
he/she/it contrives
we contrive
you contrive
they contrive
Preterite
I contrived
you contrived
he/she/it contrived
we contrived
you contrived
they contrived
Present Continuous
I am contriving
you are contriving
he/she/it is contriving
we are contriving
you are contriving
they are contriving
Present Perfect
I have contrived
you have contrived
he/she/it has contrived
we have contrived
you have contrived
they have contrived
Past Continuous
I was contriving
you were contriving
he/she/it was contriving
we were contriving
you were contriving
they were contriving
Past Perfect
I had contrived
you had contrived
he/she/it had contrived
we had contrived
you had contrived
they had contrived
Future
I will contrive
you will contrive
he/she/it will contrive
we will contrive
you will contrive
they will contrive
Future Perfect
I will have contrived
you will have contrived
he/she/it will have contrived
we will have contrived
you will have contrived
they will have contrived
Future Continuous
I will be contriving
you will be contriving
he/she/it will be contriving
we will be contriving
you will be contriving
they will be contriving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contriving
you have been contriving
he/she/it has been contriving
we have been contriving
you have been contriving
they have been contriving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contriving
you will have been contriving
he/she/it will have been contriving
we will have been contriving
you will have been contriving
they will have been contriving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contriving
you had been contriving
he/she/it had been contriving
we had been contriving
you had been contriving
they had been contriving
Conditional
I would contrive
you would contrive
he/she/it would contrive
we would contrive
you would contrive
they would contrive
Past Conditional
I would have contrived
you would have contrived
he/she/it would have contrived
we would have contrived
you would have contrived
they would have contrived
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.contrive - make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
plot - devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet); "the writer is plotting a new novel"
concert - contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
map out, map - plan, delineate, or arrange in detail; "map one's future"
2.contrive - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
create by mental act, create mentally - create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
3.contrive - put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
send, direct - cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"
shoot - send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly; "shoot a glance"

contrive

verb
1. devise, plan, fabricate, create, design, scheme, engineer, frame, manufacture, plot, construct, invent, improvise, concoct, wangle (informal) The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
2. manage, succeed, arrange, manoeuvre Somehow he contrived to pass her a note without her chaperone seeing it.

contrive

verb
1. To form a strategy for:
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.
2. To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving:
Informal: cook up.
Idiom: come up with.
Translations
يَبْتَكِر، يَبْتَدِعيَنْجَح، يُدَبِّر طَريقَه
dokázatdokázat vyrobit/udělat
finde påfinde udveje forformålykkesopfinde
szerét ejti
gera á hugvitssamlegan hátttakast; finna ráî
dirbtinai sukurtigudravimasįrenginysįsigudrintiišradingai padirbti
iemanītiesizdomātizgudrot
dokázať vyrobiť
becermekbir çaresini bulmakuydurmakyolunu bulmak

contrive

[kənˈtraɪv]
A. VT [+ plan, scheme] → inventar, idear
to contrive a means of doing sthinventar una manera de hacer algo
B. VI to contrive to do (= manage, arrange) → lograr hacer; (= try) → procurar hacer

contrive

[kənˈtraɪv]
vt
(= bring about) [+ situation] → provoquer
(= improvise) [+ object] → combiner, inventer
(= manage) to contrive to do sth → s'arranger pour faire qch, trouver le moyen de faire qch

contrive

vt
(= devise) plan, schemeentwickeln, entwerfen, ersinnen; (= make)fabrizieren; to contrive a means of doing somethingeinen Weg finden, etw zu tun
(= manage, arrange)bewerkstelligen, zuwege or zu Wege bringen; meeting alsoarrangieren; to contrive to do somethinges fertigbringen (also iro)or zuwege or zu Wege bringen, etw zu tun; can you contrive to be here at three o’clock?können Sie es so einrichten, dass Sie um drei Uhr hier sind?; he always contrives to get his own wayer versteht (es) immer, seinen Kopf durchzusetzen

contrive

[kənˈtraɪv] vt (plan, scheme) → inventare, escogitare
to contrive a means of doing sth → escogitare un sistema per fare qc
to contrive to do sth → trovare un modo per fare qc

contrive

(kənˈtraiv) verb
1. to manage (to do something). He contrived to remove the money from her bag.
2. to make in a clever way. He contrived a tent from an old sack.
conˈtrivance noun
1. the act of contriving.
2. something contrived (especially something mechanical). a contrivance for making the door open automatically.
References in classic literature ?
And we must contrive to get a peck of russet apples, late in the season as it is.
While thus perplexed -- and cogitating, among other hypotheses, whether the letter might not have been one of those decorations which the white men used to contrive in order to take the eyes of Indians -- I happened to place it on my breast.
Lessons, in this agitation, certainly suffered some delay; I reflected that my first duty was, by the gentlest arts I could contrive, to win the child into the sense of knowing me.
How, at such an apparently unassailable surface, they contrive to gouge out such symmetrical mouthfuls, remains a part of the universal problem of all things.
she'll mourn and grieve; and if you'd only contrive, Mr.
I now began to reason that my situation was in the last degree serious, dream or no dream; for I knew by past experience of the lifelike intensity of dreams, that to be burned to death, even in a dream, would be very far from being a jest, and was a thing to be avoided, by any means, fair or foul, that I could contrive.
If he steps back of it, or even leans back, it is considered that he did it to avoid a blow or contrive an advantage; so he is dismissed from his corps in disgrace.
Anyhow, there's one thing -- there's more honor in getting him out through a lot of difficulties and dangers, where there warn't one of them furnished to you by the people who it was their duty to furnish them, and you had to contrive them all out of your own head.
Uncle Silas knowed how powerful he was, and how little chance he had against such a man, and he was scared and worried, and done everything he could think of to smooth him over and get him to be good to him: he even took his no-account brother Jubiter on the farm and give him wages and stinted his own family to pay them; and Jubiter done everything his brother could contrive to insult Uncle Silas, and fret and worry him, and try to drive Uncle Silas into doing him a hurt, so as to injure Uncle Silas with the people.
If you could contrive to keep a secret,--you two little girls,--it would be rather a nice surprise to have the lamp arrive at the Simpsons' on Thanksgiving Day, wouldn't it?
I wish we could contrive it," said she; "but I cannot think of any tolerable pretence for going in;no servant that I want to inquire about of his housekeeperno message from my father.
I want to ask you two questions: the first is, - How did you contrive to preserve the common sympathies of human nature when you resided here?