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Definition of contrive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contrive
    he / she / it contrives
    past simple contrived
    -ing form contriving
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  1. 1contrive to do something to manage to do something despite difficulties She contrived to spend a few hours with him every Sunday evening. Somehow they contrived to live on her tiny income.
  2. 2contrive something to succeed in making something happen despite difficulties I decided to contrive a meeting between the two of them.
  3. 3contrive something to think of or make something, for example a plan or a machine, in a skillful way They contrived a plan to defraud the company.
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