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contrive

verb [T]     /kənˈtraɪv/
to arrange a situation or event, or arrange for something to happen, using clever planning: Couldn't you contrive a meeting between them? I think they'd be ideally suited. [+ to infinitive] Somehow she contrived to get tickets for the concert.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping to invent and/or make a device or other object in a clever and possibly unusual way: Do you think you could contrive something for hanging my clothes on until I can get a wardrobe?Inventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing
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