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verb formal contrive pronunciation in American English /kənˈtraɪv/
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he/she/itcontrives
present participlecontriving
past tensecontrived
past participlecontrived
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something happen, especially by using clever or dishonest methods
    They would have to contrive a meeting.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to succeed in doing something, especially something difficult
      contrive to do something: We contrived to have an enjoyable vacation in spite of the rain.

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