Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To plan ingeniously; invent; scheme; plot.

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Usage examples "contrive":

  1. If you want local colour contrive an excuse to be with Markham when the first post arrives to- morrow. - "Max Carrados", Ernest Bramah.
  2. Look you, Montiel, my son, my advice to you is this: be good all you can; but if you must be wicked, contrive all you can not to appear so. - "The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  3. Cuss 'em, an' contrive 'em, both sides on 'em, all an' similar! - "A Little Union Scout", Joel Chandler Harris.