Contrive – meaning of the word and examples

To arrange a situation or event, or arrange for something to happen, using clever planning. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To invent and/or make a device or other object in a clever and possibly unusual way. (Cambridge Dictionary)

Devise, plan. (Merriam – Webster)

To form or create in an artistic or ingenious manner. (Merriam – Webster)

If you contrive an event or situation, you succeed in making it happen, often by tricking someone. (Collins Dictionary)

If you contrive something such as a device or piece of equipment you invent and construct it in a clever or unusual way. (Collins Dictionary)

If you contrive to do something difficult, you succeed in doing it. (Collins Dictionary)

Create or bring about (an object or a situation) by deliberate use of skill and artifice. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Manage to do something foolish or create an undesirable situation. (Oxford Dictionaries)


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