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verb formal contrive pronunciation in British English /kənˈtraɪv/
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present participlecontriving
past tensecontrived
past participlecontrived
  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 holiday in spite of the rain.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to invent or make something in a clever or unusual way

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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