Jan
20
2014

contrive

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

kən traIv

transitive verb
1. to plan cleverly or ingeniously; devise; invent.
example: The prisoner contrived his escape with great care. She contrived an excuse that was wholly believable.

2. to scheme or plot with treacherous intent.
example: The conspirators contrived the overthrow of the ruler.

3. to cleverly devise (a mechanism or the like), esp. by improvising.
example: A clockmaker, John Harrison, contrived the marine chronometer, a device which allowed one to calculate one’s longitude at sea.

4. to manage, esp. by overcoming obstacles.
example: They contrived a way to get across the river.

intransitive verb
to create plans; scheme.

 

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