Visit the forum if you have a language query!

contrive

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
He who is not impatient is not in love.
Italian Proverb
Jump to: navigation, search

English

Etymology

Middle English contreve, "to invent", Old French controver (French controuver), from trover (French trouver), "to find".

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to contrive

Third person singular
contriv

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to contrive (third-person singular simple present contriv, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
    1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 154 ...I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody.
  2. To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
  3. To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.

Derived terms

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE