contrive contrive  /kən ˈtraɪv/


  1. (v) make or work out a plan for; devise
  2. (v) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
  3. (v) put or send forth

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  1. Apparently they would rather contrive a political issue than foster a genuine discussion about the future of our country.
  2. His mother lived to contrive, by dint of much scrimping, to stake young Chiang to four years of military schooling in Japan.
  3. The colorsglorious golds, bold redsreveal all the splendor Shaw's set designers and costumers could contrive, though they worked on budgets a fraction of Hollywood's.


  • BIS annual report is a reminder of who really makes the gold market

    Publishing its annual report Sunday, the Bank for International Settlements provided more documentation that central banks remain the biggest participants in the gold market even as their activity in that market is carefully overlooked by the mainstream financial news media, which struggle every day to contrive rationalizations for gold price movements without ever getting too close to what is ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source:


  1. "I love the music we make," says Marr. "We don't analyze or contrive anything. We just get together and whatever it sounds like is Modest Mouse as long as it inspires Isaac to write some words and sing over the top."
    on Mar 21, 2007 By: Johnny Marr Source: Washington Post

  2. "Jeremiah Weed never fails to surprise fans with playful activities that only he can contrive," said Matt Kenseth. "I look forward to taking on Isner in Jeremiah Weed's Backyard, and whether on the 'court' or on the track, hope to bring home...
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Matt Kenseth Source: (press release)

  3. Smith wrote: "All nations have endeavored, to the best of their judgment, to render their taxes as equal as they could contrive; as certain, as convenient to the contributor, both in the time and in the mode of payment, and, in proportion to the...
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Adam Smith Source: KGTV,

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