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1 to create or think of by clever use of the imagination
  • contrived abstract metal sculptures using old household utensils

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2 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

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3 to plan out usually with subtle skill or care
  • contrived a way of planning the surprise party without their catching on to it

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The first known use of contrive was in the 14th century

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“Contrive.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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