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See definition of contrive on Dictionary.com
  • verbinvent, design
  • verbbring about, succeed with difficulty

synonyms for contrive

  • concoct
  • devise
  • dream up
  • fabricate
  • improvise
  • manipulate
  • construct
  • create
  • engineer
  • fashion
  • forge
  • form
  • formulate
  • frame
  • handle
  • hatch
  • make
  • manufacture
  • move
  • plan
  • plot
  • project
  • rig
  • scheme
  • vamp
  • wangle
  • come up with
  • cook up
  • make up
  • throw together
  • trump up
  • whip up
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antonyms for contrive

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  • break
  • destroy
  • discourage
  • dissuade
  • forget
  • neglect
  • raze
  • ruin
  • stop
  • demolish
  • disorganize
  • waste
  • wreck
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How to use contrive in a sentence

This app got me thinking about how contrived all of our units of measurement are, but how they seem to make sense when we apply them to the correct things.
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In ancient Sparta, the lawgiver Lycurgus had contrived to make his constitution permanently unamendable.
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Yet he never met her, even when it would have been easy to contrive an encounter.
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So we’re not going to snipe at Axios’s efforts to contrive a workaround for McCammond.
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If any one of the parts should be lost or broken, it would require some ability in that country to contrive a substitute.
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You generally contrive to make yourself useful to your father in one way or another.
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I knew too well that if I took any legal measures, he would contrive to shift the whole burden of lunacy upon me.
THE TALKING HORSEF. ANSTEY
The cabin instantly obeyed them, and they having entered it began to consult how they should contrive to live there.
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Our great object was, as the reader will naturally suppose, to contrive some way of escape.
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Passion can always contrive to clothe itself in beauty, strips itself splendid.
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WORDS RELATED TO CONTRIVE

  • act
  • adopt
  • aspire to
  • assume
  • bluff
  • contrive
  • counterfeit
  • do a bit
  • fake
  • feign
  • lay it on thick
  • make out like
  • playact
  • put on
  • put up a front
  • sham
  • simulate
  • take on
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