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contrive

[kuh n-trahyv] /kənˈtraɪv/
verb (used with object), contrived, contriving.
1.
to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent:
The author contrived a clever plot.
2.
to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage:
He contrived to gain their votes.
3.
to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
verb (used without object), contrived, contriving.
4.
to form designs; plan.
5.
to plot.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English contreven < Middle French contreuv-, tonic stem of controver to devise, invent, Old French: to decide, agree upon < Late Latin contropāre to compare, equivalent to con- con- + *tropāre (> French trouver to find; see trover); development of vowel unclear
Related forms
contrivable, adjective
contriver, noun
precontrive, verb, precontrived, precontriving.
uncontriving, adjective
Synonyms
1. design, concoct. See prepare. 3. conspire, scheme. 5. connive.
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British Dictionary definitions for uncontriving

contrive

/kənˈtraɪv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineer: he contrived to make them meet
2.
(transitive) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaborately: he contrived a new mast for the boat
3.
to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
Derived Forms
contrivable, adjective
contriver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French controver, from Late Latin contropāre to represent by figures of speech, compare, from Latin com- together + tropus figure of speech, trope
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Word Origin and History for uncontriving

contrive

v.

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.

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