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Contrive vs Establish - What's the difference?

contrive | establish |

As verbs the difference between contrive and establish

is that contrive is to form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot while establish is to make stable or firm; to confirm.




  • To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
  • * Hawthorne
  • Neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life.
  • * 1813 , Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice , Modern Library Edition (1995), page 154
  • I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=10 citation , passage=With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.}}
  • To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
  • To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
  • Synonyms

    * becast * cast about

    Derived terms

    * contriver * contrivance




  • To make stable or firm; to confirm.
  • *
  • To form; to found; to institute; to set up in business.
  • * , (w) 6:18
  • But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
  • To appoint or adopt, as officers, laws, regulations, guidelines, etc.; to enact; to ordain.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=4 citation , passage=By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.}}
  • To prove and cause to be accepted as true; to establish a fact; to demonstrate.
  • Derived terms

    * established church * establishing shot * long-established


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