how to pronounce contrive


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contrive is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of contrive in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… ah sir couldn't you contrive to hang him …”

meanings of contrive


  1. To spend (time, or a period).
  2. To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
  3. To invent by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise.
  4. To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.

contrive frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word contrive occurs in english on average 0.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics contrive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that contrive can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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