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Meaning of CONTRIVE

Pronunciation:  kun'trIv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"

CONTRIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cast, design, devise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent, plan, project, throw
 See Also: concert, create by mental act, create mentally, direct, map, map out, send, shoot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*trive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contrived}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Contriving}.] [OE. contriven, contreven, controven,
    to invent, OF. controver, contruver; con- + trouver to find.
    See {Troubadour}, {trover}.]
    To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to
    design; to plan.
          What more likely to contrive this admirable frame of
          the universe than infinite wisdom.       --Tillotson.
          neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught
          against his life.                        --Hawthorne.
    Syn: To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot;
         concert; hatch.
  2. \Con*trive"\, v. i.
    To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to
          The Fates with traitors do contrive.     --Shak.
          Thou hast contrived against th very life Of the
          defendant.                               --Shak.
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