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"contrive" in British English

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contriveverb [T]

uk   us   /kənˈtraɪv/
to ​arrange a ​situation or ​event, or ​arrange for something to ​happen, using ​cleverplanning: Couldn't you contrive a ​meeting between them? I ​think they'd really like each other. [+ to infinitive] Somehow she contrived to get ​tickets for the ​concert. to ​invent and/or make a ​device or other ​object in a ​clever and ​possiblyunusual way: Do you ​think you could contrive something for ​hanging my ​clothes on until I can get a ​wardrobe?
(Definition of contrive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contriveverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈtrɑɪv/
to ​arrange for something to ​happen or be done by being ​smart or ​deceivingothers: [I] He ​somehow contrived to get ​tickets for the ​concert. [T] The two of them are contriving a ​plan.
(Definition of contrive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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