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contrive

con·trive

contrive

 
pronunciation:
kn traIv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: contrived, contrives, contriving
definition 1: to plan cleverly or ingeniously; devise; invent.
The prisoner contrived his escape with great care.She contrived an excuse that was wholly believable.
synonyms:
create, design, devise, invent
similar words:
brew, dream up, imagine, maneuver, plan, scheme, think up
definition 2: to scheme or plot with treacherous intent.
The conspirators contrived the overthrow of the ruler.
synonyms:
conspire, intrigue, machinate, plot, scheme, trump up
similar words:
brew, concoct, devise, fabricate, finagle, hatch, make up, wangle
definition 3: to cleverly devise (a mechanism or the like), esp. by improvising.
A clockmaker, John Harrison, contrived the marine chronometer, a device which allowed one to calculate one's longitude at sea.
synonyms:
concoct, devise, improvise, invent
similar words:
design, dream up, make up, rig, think up
definition 4: to manage, esp. by overcoming obstacles.
They contrived a way to get across the river.
synonyms:
improvise, manage, map out
similar words:
bring about, effect, formulate, maneuver, organize
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to create plans; scheme.
synonyms:
devise, plan, plot, scheme
similar words:
arrange, design, finagle, intrigue, machinate
derivations: contrivable (adj.), contriver (n.)