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I don't think you can contrive any sound.
George Shearing

Meaning of "contrive" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CONTRIVE

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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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTRIVE

contrive  [kənˈtraɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTRIVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Contrive is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb contrive in English.

WHAT DOES CONTRIVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Contrive

Contrive are a heavy metal band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 1999. Their musical style has been compared to that of Sepultura. The band consists of bassist Tim Stahlmann and twin brothers Paul Haug and Andrew Haug. Andrew Haug is perhaps better known as the host of the weekly Triple J metal radio program The Racket between 2002 to late 2011. The band's first studio album, The Meaning Unseen, was released in September 2005. Their second album, The Internal Dialogue, was recorded in Melbourne, Australia with producer Adam Calaitzis and mixed by Devin Townsend. The band have performed extensively since their inception and include three performances at the Metal For The Brain festival as well as opening slots for overseas bands which include Sepultura, Mayhem, Machine Head, Destruction, Devin Townsend, Opeth and Testament.

Definition of contrive in the English dictionary

The first definition of contrive in the dictionary is to manage, esp by means of a trick; engineer. Other definition of contrive is to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaborately. Contrive is also to plot or scheme.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CONTRIVE

PRESENT

Present
I contrive
you contrive
he/she/it contrives
we contrive
you contrive
they contrive
Present continuous
I am contriving
you are contriving
he/she/it is contriving
we are contriving
you are contriving
they are contriving
Present perfect
I have contrived
you have contrived
he/she/it has contrived
we have contrived
you have contrived
they have contrived
Present perfect continuous
I have been contriving
you have been contriving
he/she/it has been contriving
we have been contriving
you have been contriving
they have been contriving
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I contrived
you contrived
he/she/it contrived
we contrived
you contrived
they contrived
Past continuous
I was contriving
you were contriving
he/she/it was contriving
we were contriving
you were contriving
they were contriving
Past perfect
I had contrived
you had contrived
he/she/it had contrived
we had contrived
you had contrived
they had contrived
Past perfect continuous
I had been contriving
you had been contriving
he/she/it had been contriving
we had been contriving
you had been contriving
they had been contriving
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will contrive
you will contrive
he/she/it will contrive
we will contrive
you will contrive
they will contrive
Future continuous
I will be contriving
you will be contriving
he/she/it will be contriving
we will be contriving
you will be contriving
they will be contriving
Future perfect
I will have contrived
you will have contrived
he/she/it will have contrived
we will have contrived
you will have contrived
they will have contrived
Future perfect continuous
I will have been contriving
you will have been contriving
he/she/it will have been contriving
we will have been contriving
you will have been contriving
they will have been contriving
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would contrive
you would contrive
he/she/it would contrive
we would contrive
you would contrive
they would contrive
Conditional continuous
I would be contriving
you would be contriving
he/she/it would be contriving
we would be contriving
you would be contriving
they would be contriving
Conditional perfect
I would have contrive
you would have contrive
he/she/it would have contrive
we would have contrive
you would have contrive
they would have contrive
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been contriving
you would have been contriving
he/she/it would have been contriving
we would have been contriving
you would have been contriving
they would have been contriving
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you contrive
we let´s contrive
you contrive
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to contrive
Past participle
contrived
Present Participle
contriving
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTRIVE


all-wheel-drive
ˌɔːlwiːlˈdraɪv
arrive
əˈraɪv
deprive
dɪˈpraɪv
derive
dɪˈraɪv
descrive
dɪˈskraɪv
drink-drive
ˌdrɪŋkˈdraɪv
drive
draɪv
gainstrive
ɡeɪnˈstraɪv
outdrive
ˌaʊtˈdraɪv
outstrive
ˌaʊtˈstraɪv
overdrive
ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv
restrive
ˌriːˈstraɪv
rive
raɪv
strive
straɪv
thrive
θraɪv
underdrive
ˈʌndəˌdraɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTRIVE

contribution
contributive
contributively
contributiveness
contributor
contributories
contributory
contributory negligence
contrist
contristation
contrite
contritely
contriteness
contrition
contriturate
contrivable
contrivance
contrived
contrivement
contriver

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTRIVE

all-wheel drive
belt drive
cattle drive
CD-ROM drive
disk drive
flash drive
fly-drive
four-wheel drive
front-wheel drive
hard disk drive
hard drive
in overdrive
motor drive
pen drive
rear-wheel drive
sex drive
test drive
test-drive
USB drive
worm drive

Synonyms and antonyms of contrive in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTRIVE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «contrive» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of contrive

Translation of «contrive» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTRIVE

Find out the translation of contrive to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of contrive from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «contrive» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

策划
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

idear
570 millions of speakers

English

contrive
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ईजाद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

دبر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

умудряются
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

tramar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কার্যসাধন করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

inventer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Cetak semula
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

arrangieren
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

企てる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

획책하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Contrive
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

xoay sở
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பிடி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

योजणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

icat etmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

orchestrare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

contrive
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

примудряються
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

născoci
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

καταφέρνω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

bedink
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

contrive
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pønsker
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of contrive

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTRIVE»

The term «contrive» is normally little used and occupies the 108.476 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTRIVE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about contrive

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9 QUOTES WITH «CONTRIVE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word contrive.
1
Gene Clark
The actual writing of a song usually comes in the form of a realisation. I can't contrive a song.
2
Daniel Clowes
Yeah, I don't necessarily like endings that contrive an artificial moment of completion.
3
Robert Fortune
The Chinese, by their favourite system of dwarfing, contrive to make it, when only a foot and a half or two feet high, have all the characters of an aged cedar of Lebanon.
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Edward Gibbon
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden
I have a severe Google Reader habit. I think people will use blog forms and Twitter to contrive fiction.
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James Weldon Johnson
When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair. After my long stay in the French capital, huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly a thing as man could contrive to make.
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Trevor Rabin
I hate how things must be classified. How this is applied to musicians implies that they somehow contrive their products and have studied the demographics of the audience.
8
Junipero Serra
We have seen Indians in immense numbers, and all those on this coast of the Pacific contrive to make a good subsistence on various seeds, and by fishing.
9
George Shearing
I don't think you can contrive any sound.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTRIVE»

Discover the use of contrive in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to contrive and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Canons of Criticism, and Glossary,: Being a Supplement ...
Pleafe ye we may contrive this afternoon" ** Mr. Theobald afks what they were to contrive ? " and then fays, a foolifh corruption poffeffes the " place, and fo alters it to convive. — But the com- ** mon reading is right, and the critic was only ...
Thomas Edwards, 1750
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The London Encyclopaedia: Or, Universal Dictionary of ...
The contrite sinner is restored to pardon, and, through faith in Christ, our repentance is entitled to salvation. Rogers. CONTRIVE, v. a. & n. ~\ The derivation Contriver, n. s. \ of contrive is thus Contri'vement, n.s. (traced by Skin- Contri'vaxce, ...
Thomas Curtis, 1829
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English Synonymes explained, in alphabetical order; with ...
Hence any thing dressed up in the figure of a man to represent a particular person is termed his efigyTO CONTRIVE, DEVISE, INVENT. Contrive, in French contronver, compounded of con and trouver, signifies to find out by puttin together; ...
George Crabb, 1826
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English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order with ...
Contriving requires less exercise of the thoughts than devising: we contrive on familiar and common occasions ; we de- rue in seasons of difficulty and trial. A contrivance is simple and obvious to a plain understanding : a device is complex  ...
George Crabb, 1879
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English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order
CONTRIVE. Infidel) upon his devotion on shipboard, which the other denied in so high terms, that it produced the lie on both sides, and ended in a duel. ADDIBON. The introduction of the bill may be opposed, a the bill itself may at either of the ...
George Crabb, 1816
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English Synonyms Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With ...
280. CONTRADICT. CONTRIVE. The presence of every created being h cew- fined to a certain measure of space, and consequently bis observation is stinted to a certain number of objects. Addison. Resentmvrtts are not easily dislodged from ...
George Crabb, 1818
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English Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order; with ...
T0 CONTRIVE, DEVISE, INVENT. CONTRIVE, in French controu'oer, compounded of con and trouver, signifies to find out by putting together. DEVISE, compoudded of de and vise, in Latin 'visus seen, signifies to show or present to the mind.
George Crabb, 1824
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Anglo-American Telegraphic Code to Cheapen Telegraphy and to ...
.Will be contributed Contrive. . . . .Can you contrive .... I (we) can contrive ... .1 (we ) cannot contrive ... .If you can contrive ... .If you cannot contrive Contrived. . . . . Cannot be contrived .... Contrived by . . . .Contrived it Contrived the scheme .
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The Masks of Hamlet
Shakespeare uses contrive variously; Polonius, in soliloquy, plans to contrive a meeting between Hamlet and Ophelia; Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is free from all contriving. Most editions don't gloss the word, though one equates it with  ...
Marvin Rosenberg, 1992
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Logic Based Program Synthesis and Transformation: 11th ...
The above properties demonstrate that we can restrict to proofs in which each forge rule is followed by (i.e. is just below) a receive rule, that reads the message generated by contrive. Since the description of a protocol is finite, there might be  ...
Alberto Pettorossi, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTRIVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term contrive is used in the context of the following news items.
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Cubs-Cardinals rivalry needs some polarizing characters
"You can't contrive a rivalry." Now Maddon is in the middle of a true rivalry, one that dates to 1892 and includes some deep-seated animosity. «Chicago Tribune, Jul 15»
2
For better and worse, Red Sox management knew exactly what it …
... apologist for every power-hitting, oft-clueless Red Sox left fielder throughout history with “Ramirez” sewn on his uniform, can contrive a way to ... «Boston.com, Jul 15»
3
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria an All-Star in waiting
"It was a contrived attempt at a rivalry. It either is or it isn't. You can't contrive a rivalry.'' Copyright © 2015, Sun Sentinel. Comments. Loading ... «Sun Sentinel, Jul 15»
4
Workplace wardrobe malfunctions
Employers struggle to contrive a summer policy that doesn't compromise comfort for the sake of fashion. According to the Statistic Brain ... «Long Island Business News, Jul 15»
5
Jon Lester preparing for start without David Ross
You can't contrive a rivalry. You cannot.” ROTATIONAL RAMBLINGS Jake Arrieta will pitch one of Tuesday's games against St. Louis, but which ... «Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 15»
6
Saluting Norman Washington Manley on his 122nd birthday
... sections of land with, perhaps sixty or seventy thousand people, must somehow contrive to fend for themselves in a harshly competitive world ... «Jamaica Observer, Jul 15»
7
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Redistricting Commission
The reason is gerrymandering, by which politicians contrive to select their voters rather than letting voters select their representatives. «Lid Time - Weird News, Entertainment, News Headlines, Jul 15»
8
Reader's View: Big energy companies fight truth on climate
... attributed by rationalwiki.org to Scott Westerfeld, a writer of young-adult fiction: “97 percent of the world's scientists contrive an environmental ... «Duluth News Tribune, Jul 15»
9
Theo Epstein says deadline is not a "panacea"
You can't contrive a rivalry. You cannot.” ROTATIONAL RAMBLINGS Jake Arrieta will pitch one of Tuesday's games against St. Louis, but which ... «Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 15»
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Starc, Clarke provide bright spots
... pitch that was showing welcome signs of deterioration late on day three, as all good first-class surfaces should but few enough contrive to do. «ESPNcricinfo.com, Jul 15»

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