Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: controver, from Late Latin contropare


con‧trive [transitive]
1 formal to succeed in doing something in spite of difficulties
contrive to do something
Schindler contrived to save more than 1,000 Polish Jews from the Nazis.
2 to arrange an event or situation in a clever way, especially secretly or by deceiving people:
The lawsuit says oil companies contrived the oil shortage in the 1970s.
3 to make or invent something in a skilful way, especially because you need it suddenly:
In 1862, a technique was contrived to take a series of photographs showing stages of movement.

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