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1. contrive

verb. ['kənˈtraɪv'] come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort.

Synonyms

  • devise
  • create by mental act
  • excogitate
  • formulate
  • create mentally
  • invent

Antonyms

  • hide
  • disappear
  • stay in place
  • recede

Etymology

  • contreve (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Contrive

  • deprive
  • survive
  • strive
  • revive
  • connive
  • thrive
  • o'five
  • drive
  • dr.
  • derive
  • clyve
  • clive
  • alive
  • vive
  • shive
  • live
  • jive
  • hive
  • five
  • dive
  • arrive
  • i've

Sentences with contrive


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Stains on furniture are an eyesore that many homeowners contrive to cover or conceal.

Quotes about contrive


1. Plenty of mathematicians, Hardy knew, could follow a step-by-step discursus unflaggingly—yet counted for nothing beside Ramanujan. Years later, he would contrive an informal scale of natural mathematical ability on which he assigned himself a 25 and Littlewood a 30. To David Hilbert, the most eminent mathematician of the day, he assigned an 80. To Ramanujan he gave 100.
- Robert Kanigel, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

2. contrive

verb. ['kənˈtraɪv'] make or work out a plan for; devise.

Synonyms

  • design
  • create by mental act
  • plan
  • project
  • plot
  • map out
  • concert
  • create mentally

Antonyms

  • undock
  • indirect
  • dishonest
  • refrain

Etymology

  • contreve (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. contrive

verb. ['kənˈtraɪv'] put or send forth.

Synonyms

  • send
  • direct
  • project
  • shoot
  • cast

Antonyms

  • orient
  • switch on
  • disengage
  • switch off

Etymology

  • contreve (Middle English (1100-1500))
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