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contrive - Dictionary definition and meaning for word contrive

(verb) make or work out a plan for; devise
Synonyms : design , plan , project
Example Sentence
  • They contrived to murder their boss
  • design a new sales strategy
  • plan an attack

(verb) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
Synonyms : devise , excogitate , forge , formulate , invent
Example Sentence
  • excogitate a way to measure the speed of light

(verb) put or send forth
Synonyms : cast , project , throw
Example Sentence
  • She threw the flashlight beam into the corner
  • The setting sun threw long shadows
  • cast a spell
  • cast a warm light

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for contrive

con+tri+ve...focus on try..............try to invent something when your mom asked you where were you last you you tried to fabricate a story....or....in absense of our manage try to manage your home.......so try to attract somebody's attenation.....
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by preetisoni2411

Take it as Cant+Drive. He cant able to drive but he manages to drive but he manages it.. he has clever ways
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by meetarun4u

Contrive=Cannot(con ) do but i try(artificially forcefully).
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by rakei

con(gather together)+trive(sounds like tribe); people in tribe gathered together to invent something.
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by fera5

contrive..it is like thrive in making a story..
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by sai dasika

he CONTRIVED a car and can't drive it...how can this happen??
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by modianubhav

Try to make it using Cambell Soup cans: CAN TRY
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by Jackery

CON (can) TRI ( try or make a mental effort to) (I)nVEnt. (Add two "n"s to contrive)
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by fahad18g

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