Definition of contrive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    contrive

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2contrive something to succeed in making something happen despite difficulties I decided to contrive a meeting between the two of them.
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French contreuve-, stressed stem of controver ‘imagine, invent’, from medieval Latin contropare ‘compare’.
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