Dictionary Results for contrive

1. contrive - verb

· make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"

Synonym(s): plan, project, design

Hypernym(s): create_by_mental_act, create_mentally

2. contrive - verb

· come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

Synonym(s): invent, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge

Hypernym(s): create_by_mental_act, create_mentally

3. contrive - verb

· put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"

Synonym(s): project, cast, throw

Hypernym(s): send, direct

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