What is the meaning of contrive?


  • Make or work out a plan for; devise.
    • usage: "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
  • Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort.
    • usage: "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
  • Put or send forth.
    • usage: "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
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