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CONTRIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contrive mean? 

CONTRIVE (verb)
  The verb CONTRIVE has 3 senses:

1. make or work out a plan for; devise
2. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
3. put or send forth

  Familiarity information: CONTRIVE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTRIVE (verb)


Sense 1contrive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make or work out a plan for; devise

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

contrive; design; plan; project

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "contrive" is one way to...):

create by mental act; create mentally (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contrive"):

concert (contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement)

map; map out (plan, delineate, or arrange in detail)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They contrive to move


Sense 2contrive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

devise; excogitate; invent; contrive; formulate; forge

Context example:

excogitate a way to measure the speed of light

Hypernyms (to "contrive" is one way to...):

create by mental act; create mentally (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he contrive his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 3contrive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put or send forth

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

cast; contrive; throw; project

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "contrive" is one way to...):

direct; send (cause to go somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contrive"):

shoot (send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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