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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 ?
There are no worse instruments, than these general contrivers of suits; for they are but a kind of poison, and infection, to public proceedings.
Such was the din of the bells and the squalling of the cats, that though the duke and duchess were the contrivers of the joke they were startled by it, while Don Quixote stood paralysed with fear; and as luck would have it, two or three of the cats made their way in through the grating of his chamber, and flying from one side to the other, made it seem as if there was a legion of devils at large in it.
Can you, with honour, be the knowing, the wilful occasion, nay, the artful contriver of the ruin of a human being?
He was amazed, how so impotent and grovelling an insect as I" (these were his expressions) "could entertain such inhuman ideas, and in so familiar a manner, as to appear wholly unmoved at all the scenes of blood and desolation which I had painted as the common effects of those destructive machines; whereof," he said, "some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver.
She prided herself also upon being an excellent contriver in housekeeping; though I could never find that we grew richer with her contrivances.
That swindling Pumblechook, exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him, to illustrate his remarks.
A heroine returning, at the close of her career, to her native village, in all the triumph of recovered reputation, and all the dignity of a countess, with a long train of noble relations in their several phaetons, and three waiting-maids in a travelling chaise and four, behind her, is an event on which the pen of the contriver may well delight to dwell; it gives credit to every conclusion, and the author must share in the glory she so liberally bestows.