Pronunciation: (kun-trīv'), [key]
—v., -trived, -triv•ing.
1. to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
2. to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
3. to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
1. to form designs; plan.
2. to plot.
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