- IPA: /kənˈtɹaɪv/
contrive (contrives, present participle contriving; past and past participle contrived)
- 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.
- To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
- To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
- (obsolete, transitive) To spend (time, or a period).
- French: combiner
- German: ersinnen
- Italian: combinare, programmare, intrigare, complottare, architettare, escogitare, inventare, mettere su
- Russian: замышлять
- Spanish: idear
- German: bewerkstelligen