To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.
- To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise: contrive ways to amuse the children.
- To invent or fabricate, especially by improvisation: contrived a swing from hanging vines.
- To plan with evil intent; scheme: contrived a plot to seize power.
- To bring about, as by scheming; manage: somehow contrived to get past the guards unnoticed.
- To form plans or schemes.