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Definition of Contrive


  1. To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.
  2. To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.

Contrive Quotations

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.
Niccolo Machiavelli

We have seen Indians in immense numbers, and all those on this coast of the Pacific contrive to make a good subsistence on various seeds, and by fishing.
Junipero Serra

When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair. After my long stay in the French capital, huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly a thing as man could contrive to make.
James Weldon Johnson

In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
Edward Gibbon

Yeah, I don't necessarily like endings that contrive an artificial moment of completion.
Daniel Clowes
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Contrive Translations

contrive in German is erfinden
contrive in Latin is fingo-finxi-fictum, molior, incogito
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