contrive[ kuhn-trahyv ]SEE DEFINITION OF contrive
Synonyms for contrive
- dream up
- come up with
- cook up
- make up
- throw together
- trump up
- whip up
Antonyms for contrive
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONTRIVE
You little witch, how did you contrive to make a fool of a man like me!
"That's all right," Garson replied, with such carelessness of manner as he could contrive.
There is no doubt, replied Altamont, of its utility; but how would you contrive to make it?
What a vast deal of work you do contrive to cut out for yourself.
If you, Mr. Temple, can contrive to pass this week at Mr. Percy's, let me not detain you.
But I wish she would not contrive to be always in the right.
Contrive to be in the garden, in disguise, if possible, and unseen by your young lady.
Once there, we shall be able to contrive an interview with Mr. Dunbar.
Ah, that is unlucky; but never mind, we must contrive to get on without it.
But the moment we cease to report and attempt to correct and contrive, it is not truth.
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.