- 1contrive to do something to manage to do something despite difficulties She contrived to spend a couple of hours with him every Sunday evening. Somehow they contrived to live on her tiny income.
- 2contrive something to succeed in making something happen despite difficulties I decided to contrive a meeting between the two of them.
- 3contrive something to think of or make something, for example a plan or a machine, in a clever way They contrived a plan to defraud the company. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French contreuve-, stressed stem of controver
BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪv//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪv//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contrive
BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪv//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪv//he / she / it contrives
BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪvz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪvz//past simple contrived
BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪvd//past participle contrived
BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪvd//-ing form contriving
BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪvɪŋ//