• IPA: /kənˈtɹaɪv/

contrive (contrives, present participle contriving; past and past participle contrived)

  1. To invent by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise
    Synonyms: plan, scheme, plot, hatch
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 154
      […] I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody.
  2. To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
  3. To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To spend (time, or a period).
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