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English verb: contrive

1. contrive (creation) make or work out a plan for; devise


SamplesThey contrived to murder their boss.
Design a new sales strategy.
Plan an attack.


ExamplesThey contrive to move


Synonymsdesign, plan, project


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally


Narrower (hyponym)concert, map, map out, plot

2. contrive (creation) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort


SamplesExcogitate a way to measure the speed of light.


ExamplesDid he contrive his major works over a short period of time?


Synonymsdevise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

3. contrive (creation) put or send forth


SamplesShe threw the flashlight beam into the corner.
The setting sun threw long shadows.
Cast a spell.
Cast a warm light.


Synonymscast, project, throw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)direct, send


Narrower (hyponym)shoot









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