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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.....

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

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

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

contrive..it is like thrive in making a story..

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

Try to make it using Cambell Soup cans: CAN TRY

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

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