Definition of contrive
- contrived household utensils from stone
- Native Americans contrived weapons out of stone, wood, and bone.
The prisoners contrived a way to escape.
He contrived a meeting with the president.
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: to form or think of (a plan, method, etc.)
: to form or make (something) in a skillful or clever way
: to make (something) happen in a clever way or with difficulty
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