Synonyms for (verb) contrive

Synonyms: devise, contrive, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent

Definition: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

Usage: excogitate a way to measure the speed of light

Similar words: create by mental act, create mentally

Definition: create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands


Synonyms: cast, contrive, throw, project

Definition: put or send forth

Usage: She threw the flashlight beam into the corner; The setting sun threw long shadows; cast a spell; cast a warm light

Similar words: send, direct

Definition: cause to go somewhere

Usage: The explosion sent the car flying in the air; She sent her children to camp; He directed all his energies into his dissertation


Synonyms: contrive, design, project, plan

Definition: make or work out a plan for; devise

Usage: They contrived to murder their boss; design a new sales strategy; plan an attack

Similar words: create by mental act, create mentally

Definition: create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands