Definition of CONTRIVE

to create or think of by clever use of the imagination <contrived abstract metal sculptures using old household utensils>
to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends <the mischievous boys were always contriving and trying to pull the prank that would be the talk of the school>
to plan out usually with subtle skill or care <contrived a way of helping the needy family without their knowing it>
Near Antonyms blow, bobble, botch, bungle, butcher, flub, fumble, gum (up), louse up, mangle, mess (up), mishandle, muff

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