V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to accomplish something by being clever and creative; 2. to make or invent something clever; 3. to create a plan or scheme

Synonyms: devise, concoct, formulate, design, invent, engineer, manipulate, scheme

Antonyms: chance, hazard, destroy

Tips: Contrive is derived from the Old French contro(u)ver, “to invent.” The verb contrive is used in a positive and complimentary way. The related adjective contrived is often a negative term to describe something that has been fabricated or concocted without much imagination, while the verb contrive can be used in a positive way to denote clever thinking.

Usage Examples:

We should contrive a new plan of action, since the old one doesn't seem to be working. (devise)

The Internet craze produced a slew of contrived dot-com businesses. (concocted) adjective

The President’s ideas were not original or insightful; most agreed they sounded contrived. (fabricated) adjective

Recognizing he had a problem on his hands, he quickly contrived a plan of action to address the issue. (created)

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