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contrive

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of contrive

  1. 1 to create or think of by clever use of the imagination contrived abstract metal sculptures using old household utensils Synonyms of contrive concoct, construct, invent, cook (up), devise, drum up, excogitate, fabricate, make up, manufacture, think (up), trump up, vamp (up)Words Related to contrive coin, design, hatch, produce; daydream, dream, fantasize; conceive, envisage, envision, imagine, picture, vision, visualize; ad-lib, extemporize, improviseNear Antonyms of contrive clone, copy, copycat, duplicate, imitate, mimic, reduplicate, replicate, reproduce

  2. 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 Synonyms of contrive collude, compass, connive, conspire, plot, intrigue, machinate, put up, schemeWords Related to contrive counterplot; brew, concoct, cook (up), devise, hatch; engineer, jockey, maneuver, manipulate; design, frame, lay out, map, plan, shape

  3. 3 to plan out usually with subtle skill or care contrived a way of helping the needy family without their knowing it Synonyms of contrive engineer, finagle, finesse, frame, machinate, maneuver, manipulate, mastermind, negotiate, wangleWords Related to contrive arrange, concert, conclude, hammer out, work out; angle (for), compass, intrigue, plot, scheme; connive; brew, concoct, cook (up), hatch; captain, command, conduct, direct, handle, manage, quarterback, run; gerrymanderNear Antonyms of contrive blow, bobble, botch, bungle, butcher, flub, fumble, gum (up), louse up, mangle, mess (up), mishandle, muff



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