contrive


contrive
[[t]kəntra͟ɪv[/t]]
contrives, contriving, contrived
1) VERB If you contrive an event or situation, you succeed in making it happen, often by tricking someone. [FORMAL]

[V n] The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.

2) VERB If you contrive something such as a device or piece of equipment, you invent and construct it in a clever or unusual way.

[V n] We therefore had to contrive a very large black-out curtain.

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3) VERB If you contrive to do something difficult, you succeed in doing it. [FORMAL]

[V to-inf] The orchestra contrived to produce some of its best playing for years.

4) VERB (disapproval) When someone has done something dishonestly, you can say that they have contrived to do it.

[V to-inf] They somehow contrived to lose tens of thousands of applications.

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  • contrive — contrive, devise, invent, frame, concoct mean to find a way of making or doing something or of achieving an end by the exercise of one s mind. Contrive implies ingenuity or cleverness in planning, designing, or in scheming; it is a matter of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Contrive — are a heavy metal band[1] from Melbourne, Australia formed in 1999. Their musical style has been compared to that of Sepultura.[2] The band consists of bassist Tim Stahlmann and twin brothers Paul Haug (vocals, guitars) and Andrew Haug… …   Wikipedia

  • Contrive — Con*trive (k[o^]n*tr[imac]v ), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrive — [kən trīv′] vt. contrived, contriving [ME contreven < OFr controver, to find out, contrive, imagine < VL contropare, to compare < com, COM + tropus, TROPE] 1. to think up; devise; scheme; plan [to contrive a way to help] 2. to construct… …   English World dictionary

  • Contrive — Con*trive , v. i. To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot. [1913 Webster] The Fates with traitors do contrive. Shak. [1913 Webster] Thou hast contrived against th very life Of the defendant. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrive — I verb arrange, cause, collude, compose, conceive, concoct, connive, consider, conspire, counterplot, design, develop a course, devise, draft, effect, excogitare, fabricate, fashion, forecast, form, frame, imagine, improvise, induce, intrigue,… …   Law dictionary

  • contrive — early 14c., from O.Fr. controver (Mod.Fr. controuver) to find out, contrive, imagine, from L.L. contropare to compare (via a figure of speech), from L. com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + tropus song, musical mode, from Gk. tropos figure of speech… …   Etymology dictionary

  • contrive — [v1] invent, design come up with, concoct, construct, cook up, create, devise, dream up*, engineer, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, formulate, frame*, handle, hatch, improvise, make, make up*, manipulate, manufacture, move, plan, plot, project,… …   New thesaurus

  • contrive — ► VERB 1) devise or plan using skill and artifice. 2) manage to do something foolish. DERIVATIVES contrivable adjective contriver noun. ORIGIN Old French controver imagine, invent , from Latin contropare compare …   English terms dictionary

  • contrive — UK [kənˈtraɪv] / US verb Word forms contrive : present tense I/you/we/they contrive he/she/it contrives present participle contriving past tense contrived past participle contrived formal 1) a) [transitive] to make something happen, especially by …   English dictionary


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