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Meaning of contrive

con•trive

Pronunciation: (kun-trīv'), [key]
— v., -trived, -triv•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
  2. to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
  3. to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
—v.i.
  1. to form designs; plan.
  2. to plot.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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