What does contrive mean?

Definitions for contrive
kənˈtraɪvcon·trive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plan, project, contrive, designverb

    make or work out a plan for; devise

    "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"

  2. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forgeverb

    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

    "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

  3. project, cast, contrive, throwverb

    put or send forth

    "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"

Wiktionary

  1. contriveverb

    To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.

    Etymology: Middle English contreve, Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (French trouver).

  2. contriveverb

    To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.

    Etymology: Middle English contreve, Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (French trouver).

  3. contriveverb

    To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.

    Etymology: Middle English contreve, Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (French trouver).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contriveverb

    to form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan

  2. Contriveverb

    to make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot

Freebase

  1. Contrive

    Contrive are a heavy metal band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 1999. Their musical style has been compared to that of Sepultura. The band consists of bassist Tim Stahlmann and twin brothers Paul Haug and Andrew Haug. Andrew Haug is perhaps better known as the host of the weekly Triple J metal radio program The Racket between 2002 to late 2011. The band's first studio album, The Meaning Unseen, was released in September 2005. Their second album, The Internal Dialogue, was recorded in Melbourne, Australia with producer Adam Calaitzis and mixed by Devin Townsend. The band have performed extensively since their inception and include three performances at the Metal For The Brain festival as well as opening slots for overseas bands which include Sepultura, Mayhem, Machine Head, Destruction, Devin Townsend, Opeth and Testament.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contrive

    kon-trīv′, v.t. to plan: to invent: to bring about or effect: to plot.—adj. Contriv′able, that may be contrived.—ns. Contriv′ance, Contrive′ment, act of contriving: the thing contrived: invention: design: artifice; Contriv′er, a schemer, a manager. [O. Fr. controvercon-, trover, to find—L. turbāre, to disturb.]

  2. Contrive

    kon-triv′, v.t. (obs.) to spend, as time. [L. conter-ĕre, contritum, perf. contrīvi, to wear out.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrive in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of contrive in a Sentence

  1. Aristophanes:

    This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought Should contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land Never to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.

  2. Aristophanes, Wasps, 422 B.C.:

    This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never foughtShould contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native landNever to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    For those who intend to discover and to understand, not to indulge in conjectures and soothsaying, and rather than contrive imitation and fabulous worlds plan to look deep into the nature of the real world and to dissect it -- for them everything must be sought in things themselves.

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  • تدبرArabic
  • bewerkstelligen, entwerfen, ersinnenGerman
  • تدبیر کردنPersian
  • improvisoida, heittää, suunnitella, keksiäFinnish
  • inventer, combinerFrench
  • ईजाद करनाHindi
  • intrigare, inventare, programmare, complottare, mettere su, architettare, escogitare, combinareItalian
  • ontwerpen, beramenDutch
  • improviza, inventaRomanian
  • замышлять, изобретатьRussian
  • tänka utSwedish
  • tasarlamak, icat etmek, yolunu bulmak, akıl etmekTurkish
  • 圖謀Chinese

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