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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.
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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?
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