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“contrive” in British English

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contriveverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈtraɪv/ us /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 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 possibly unusual 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)

“contrive” in American English

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contriveverb [ I/T ]

us /kənˈtrɑɪv/

to arrange for something to happen or be done by being smart or deceiving others:

[ 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)