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- Rhymes: -aɪv
- To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
- Neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life.
- 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 154
- […] I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 10, The China Governess:
- With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.
- To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
- To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot
To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation