contrive - definition and synonyms

verb formal 

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present tense
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